ICC CEO Explains The Benefits Of Test Championship
By CricShots - Oct 13, 2017 11:57 am
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ICC Test Championship

ICC has given a whole new definition to the upcoming bilateral cricket series as they have decided to approve a new Test Championship and ODI League.

The decision was taken in the ICC’s governing body meet at Auckland. ICC’s CEO Dave Richardson spoke to ICC’s media channel and explained what the new Test and ODI structure will look like once the league commences. He said, “ICC has approved a Test league comprising of top 9 teams in ICC rankings, playing each other over a two year period. Since there won’t be enough time for everyone to play each team, hence each team will play 6 series which will culminate with the top 2 playing in the Test championship final.” 

Explaining the ODI League, Richardson elaborated, “The ODI league will see 13 teams, 12 full members and the winner of the World Cricket League championship. It will start in 2020, and initially, run for a period of two years leading to the 2023 World Cup. Each team will play 8 series, and top 8 teams will qualify.”

Richardson further added that the ICC has been working on such an arrangement for a long time. He said, “Playing structure was the remaining piece and ICC has been working on this for a long time. This will give more context to bilateral cricket. This is a very important decision for cricket, and all bilateral series will have more context and value going forward.”

Richardson also explained ICC’s plans of 4-day Test cricket, something which has come in for criticism from some quarters. He said, “Test championship commences in 2019, and those will be 5 day games.The 4-day trial will run till 2019 and it won’t be compulsory. It is up to the member boards decide among themselves. It has a number of advantages. Hopefully it will renew interest in Test cricket and ensure Test cricket remains sustainable in near future.”