New cham­pi­onship and one-day in­ter­na­tional league

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WELLING­TON: The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) has given the green light to a Test cham­pi­onship and one-day in­ter­na­tional league, while coun­tries are also wel­come to ex­per­i­ment with four-day Tests.

A Test cham­pi­onship has long been mooted as a means to make the long­est form of the game more rel­e­vant for fans who have in­creas­ingly turned to­wards lim­ited-overs matches.

ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Richard­son said in Auck­land to­day that while de­tails still needed to be worked out, the Test cham­pi­onship would be­gin af­ter the 50-overs World Cup in 2019 and cul­mi­nate with a fi­nal in mid-2021.

Nine of the 12-test-ap­proved coun­tries (Zim­babwe, Afghanistan and Ire­land will ini­tially be ex­cluded) will play three home and three away se­ries over the two years that count to­wards the cham­pi­onship.

The se­ries can be a min­i­mum of two matches and max­i­mum of five, with all tests to be five days in length. The top-two teams in April 2021 will meet in the fi­nal two months later.

Richard­son added that a 13-team ODI league would be in­tro­duced from 2021 and deter­mine which teams qual­ify for the World Cup in India two years later.

“The ICC Board de­ci­sion means we can now go and fi­nalise a play­ing sched­ule ... as well as the points sys­tem, host­ing ar­range­ments and com­pe­ti­tion terms.” – Reuters

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