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ICC agrees to set up nine-nation Test championship

ICC agrees to set up nine-nation Test championship

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland believes that the World Test Championships from 2019 will not undermine the traditional marquee series like the Ashes.

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. "Members will be able to schedule four-day games by bilateral agreement and a set of standardised playing conditions will now be finalised", the ICC press-release said. "This means fans around the world can enjoy global cricket knowing every game counts, and in the case of the ODI league, that it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup".

What is the Test championship?
Each series will have a minimum of two Test matches and a maximum of five.

The decision to play Zimbabwe on Boxing Day was taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) after the Indian tour, which was due to take place over that period, got pushed back because of scheduling reasons.

Ireland, the UAE and Scotland were also vying to have the matches played in their countries but Zimbabwe was given the nod after ICC chairman Shashank Manohar visited the country in August.

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How does the ODI league work?

The battle for the final two spots in the 2019 World Cup will begin in Zimbabwe in March 2018, after the country was announced the host of the qualifying tournament.

For the ODI league the ICC's 12 full members and the winners of the current World Cricket League Championship will contest four home and four away series, each comprising of three matches. The ODI league will first have a two-year cycle ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Earlier, Bangladesh were scheduled to host the qualifiers but because they gained direct entry, finishing in the top eight of the ICC ODI rankings on the cut-off day, September 30, Zimbabwe put themselves up for consideration.

The ICC also approved the trial of four-day Tests if both sides agree but all Test championship matches will be five-day contests.


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