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Changes aim to “bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket”

The ICC have given the go ahead for a Test championship and ODI league.

A nine-team Test championship and 13-team one-day international league will aim to “bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket”.

The Test championship will consist of nine teams playing six series over a two-year period - three at home, three away. Each series will have a minimum of two and maximum of five Tests. The two-year cycle will culminate with a World Test League Championship Final - mooted ot take place at Lord's in 2021.

The ODI league will act as a route of qualification to the World Cup.

The ICC have also given the green light to the trial of four-day Test matches.



ICC Chief Executive David Richardson commented: “This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the Members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game.

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

“Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format.

“However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by Members.

“Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams.”

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar added: “I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first. Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.

“This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup.”