ICC gives green light to test championship, ODI league

Doug Mendoza
October 14, 2017

The cricketing structure is set to change with the International Cricket Council approving Test Championship and One-Day International League, David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, confirmed in Auckland on Friday after the governing body's meeting.

Scheduled to start in 2019 and 2020 respectively, the details will now be finalised by the ICC.

A test championship has always 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. "This means fans around the world can enjoy global cricket knowing every game counts, and in the case of the ODI league, that it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup".

"Bar none, every (ICC member team) likes the idea of hosting a Test championship (final) but whether that works logistically or not is another matter", he added.

"For five days you have to graft it out".

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The ODI league, that's set to be put in place in 2020, will have 13 teams - the 12 Full Members and the victor of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

The ICC has also given the green light to a 13-team one-day worldwide league which will begin in 2020 and lead to direct qualification to the Cricket World Cup. The four-day match between South Africa and Zimbabwe will be a Boxing Day Test. ICC gave the Test a trial status.

The ICC Board also approved a trial of four-day Tests matches to run through until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. "The top eight will qualify automatically for the World Cup".

Richardson said countries were welcome to experiment with four-day test matches but they would not count towards the championship.

In the Test series league, nine teams will be playing three home and three away series each, with each series comprising 2-5 tests.

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