Test championship, one-day league get ICC nod

Test championship, one-day league get ICC nod

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Dhaka- The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave the green light to a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket.The schedules of the leagues, due to start in 2019 and 2020 respectively, will now be finalized, said a press release of ICC.The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years – three home and three away, while the ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship.ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said “This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket.”The nine teams test league will see six series over two years – three home and three away – with each having a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five and all matches being played over five days culminating in a World Test League Championship Final.The ODI league will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship.In the first edition of the league, each side will play four home and four away series each comprising of three ODIs moving to all teams playing each other from the second cycle onwards.UNB news agency

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