Four-day test trial in shakeup
A new dawn for international cricket has been confirmed by International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson.
After the ICC board meeting in Auckland yesterday, Richardson said the proposed test championship (from 2019) and one-day international league (from 2020) had been confirmed. It will provide context and meaning around every test and ODI series as the longest format struggles for relevance, crowds and broadcasting revenue.
The test championship is planned to involve nine countries and be run over a two-year cycle, while a 13-nation ODI league would operate between World Cups and also be used to determine which teams qualify for the showpiece 50-overs tournament every four years.
Richardson also said four-day test cricket would be explored on a trial basis. South Africa and Zimbabwe have been approved to play a four-day test this summer.