New championship and one-day international league
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