The International Cricket Council’s governing body’s meeting this Friday (October 13th) in Auckland was almost an era defining one with ICC bow approving Test championship & ODI Cricket League. Chief Executive David Richardson has confirmed the news that’s excited fans throughout the cricketing world. In the Test Championships, the top nine teams will play six series – three at home and three away. ICC expects it to commence after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The series must include at least two but not more than five tests. As the top nine teams will play in this Championship, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland misses out unfortunately. The ODI league will start from 2020 and will have 13 teams. Along with 12 full members, the winnner of the ICC World Cricket League Championship will be able to play in this one. The ODI league will take two years to finish until the 2023 World Cup. But, the timeline will be increased to three years with the teams battling it out in eight series – four at home and four away series – with a maximum of three ODIs in one series. 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 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.” The ICC Chairman, Shashank Manohar, was also excited about the prospect. He said, “I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first. Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on”. With newer dimensions being explored every now & then, Cricket will seemingly change for the greater good very soon!