International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved Test and ODI leagues after agreement reached on the final day of ICC meeting in Auckland. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আসছে টেস্ট ও ওয়ানডে লিগ, আইসিসির অনুমোদন]
The introductions of Test and ODI leagues were in contentions for many days to bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket. The leagues will begin after the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
The Test league, starting from 2019 will consist top nine teams competing. Each team will play six series over two years – three at home and three away. Each series will contain minimum of two Tests and maximum of five Tests. All the matches will be five-dayers. The Championship Final will be played in England.
The ODI league will commence in 2020-21 with two years before the 2023 World Cup. The 13-team competition will be a direct qualification for the World Cup. A 13th team will join the 12 full members from current ICC World Cricket League Championship. Each teams will play eight series (four at home and four away) in the two-year circle. Each series will comprise of three ODIs.
“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,” said ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar.
“This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup.”
ICC CEO Dave 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 approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the Members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game.
“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.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com