ICC to start nine-team Test and 13-team ODI league

ICC to start nine-team Test and 13-team ODI league

Agreement was reached during the International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland, with the match's date and venue yet to be confirmed.

The Test championship embraced by ICC is set to be a nine-team affair which will include three away and as many home series in two years for each team.

There had been some uncertainty, though, as to whether or not the four-day Zimbabwe Test would be considered an official Test match in the eyes of the ICC.

What is the Test championship?

ENGLAND are to take part in a Test world championship after the sport's governing body gave the go-ahead to a nine-team two-year series to begin in 2019.

While all Test championship matches will be played over five days, the ICC Board also approved the trial of four-day Tests in bilateral series up until 2019, following South Africa's request to play a match over that distance against Zimbabwe during their forthcoming home season.

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

The ICC has also given the green light to a 13-team one-day global league which will begin in 2020 and lead to direct qualification to the Cricket World Cup. "The top eight will qualify automatically for the World Cup".

Bangladesh were initially scheduled to host the event but Asian side have qualified directly to the tournament proper due to their world ranking.

The ICC is now in the process of drawing up a set of playing conditions for four-day Test matches, and those are expected to implemented for Boxing Day in PE. The Test, though, has to go ahead as a trial, David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said.

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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