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 (October 13) after the governing body's meeting.
the Test Championship, the top nine teams will play six series - three
at home and three away - and it'll be put in place after the 2019 World
Cup. The teams will be required to play at least two Tests while it can
be expanded to five Tests in a series as well.
ODI league, that's set to be put in place in 2020, will have 13 teams -
the 12 Full Members and the winner of the ICC World Cricket League
Championship. The teams will battle it out to earn direct qualification
for the World Cup. The first cycle will see teams play four series at
home and four away - with a maximum of three ODIs in one series. In the
next cycle, all the teams involved in the ODI league will play each
is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective
desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket,"
Richardson said about the decision. 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.
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."
Manohar, the ICC chairman, felt the Test Championship and ODI League
will now bring more context to every series. "I would like to
congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the
interests of the development of the game first," he said. "Bringing
context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the
first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.
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."
A source also confirmed to Cricbuzz that
Pakistan were gripe on not playing India within the new Test
Championship and ODI League. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board agreed
to the changes after assurances from the ICC that details will be worked
out on how India and Pakistan can play against each other either inside
or outside of the leagues.
other decisions taken, Zimbabwe was confirmed as the host for the ICC
Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the tournament will be played in March
next year. Netherlands will host the ICC Women's World Twenty20
The ICC also confirmed a position for an independent female director and an appointment will be made in a few weeks