In a massive breakthrough on the game, the International Cricket Council announced its approval to Test Championship and ODI League. As planned, the Test Championship will feature six series, before the World Cups. The top 9 teams will participate in the championship. Each team will play three Test at home and three abroad.
A series will comprise of at least two Test and a maximum of five Test matches. ICC Chairman, Shashank Manohar thinks Test Championship will make Test matches and bilateral games in the unlimited format more relevant. He said, it will bring context to bilateral cricket. Manohar congratulated ICC members for putting the interest of the development of the game first.
Apart from the Test League, a major decision is also for ODIs. From 2020, ODI League will be featured with 13 teams. The team will comprise of 12 Full Members and the remaining single team will be title winner of ICC World Cricket League. The ODI League will decide the qualifying teams for World Cup. Therefore, for 2023 World Cup, the League will begin from 2020. After the maiden version, the ODI league will be changed to three years cycle. In this cycle, eight series will be played by each team. There were will a maximum of three matches in a series. Per David Richardson, ICC CEO, ODI league will secure the future of bilateral cricket.
ICC was on the process to transform this plan to reality since a couple of year. The council was trying to get the approval from all members. There are a handful of issues between some of the teams. For instance, India and Pakistan has abandoned bilateral games. The league rule will make it compulsory for the teams to play. Thus, considerable mediation will be required from ICC in some series. ICC has also decided to appoint an independent female director shortly.
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