The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to improve the structure of test cricket by introducing a nine team championship after a meeting on Friday at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai.
It is expected to commence from 2019 with a final every two years- so it will spread over a period of two years with it’s first final in 2021. Under the proposal, it is agreed that the top nine teams based on global rankings will play the championship- playing 4 series at home and 4 series away over a two year period, playing a series once with the other 8 teams.
Also, test status will be awarded to Ireland and Afghanistan- who along with Zimbabwe will not feature in the league but will be given fixtures among themselves and also against the top-teams very soon. It is up to these teams to decide the no. of series they want to play among themselves.
Further, the committee also agreed upon a 13 team ODI league to be held over a period of three years and which would decide the places of teams in the World Cup- which will be held in the fourth year. The top 7 teams will go straight to the World Cup alongside the hosts and the rest would compete in the qualifiers with the associate nations and the top two teams of the qualifier will proceed to the World Cup.
If all goes well, get ready for a more improved and better version of cricket!
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