The cricketing structure these days has been in its own reformative stance. As a conclusion of this transitional takeover, we witnessed the advent of a brand new edition of cricketing spectacles. Test Championship and One-Day International League are the two new faces of cricket heaving into our nearest sights. The above drive came to its existence with the International Cricket Council’s approval. David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, confirmed in Auckland on Friday (October 13) after the governing body’s meeting.
In the Test Championship, the top nine teams will play six series – three at home and three away. And it’ll be put in place after the 2019 World Cup. Hence the teams fall into the mandatory terms to play at least two Tests. There have been talks that it could extend to five Tests in a series as well.
The ODI league, that’s in talks to be in place by 2020. This will incorporate 13 teams in the event. The 12 Full Members and the winner of the ICC World Cricket League Championship. The teams will battle it out to earn direct qualification for the World Cup. The first cycle will see teams play four series at home and four away. And that too with a maximum of three ODIs in one series. In the next cycle obviously, all the teams involved in the ODI league will play each other.
“This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future. International bilateral cricket is that future we are eyeing on,” Richardson said about the decision. Therefore the approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the Members. These are the ones 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 finalize a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms.”Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, felt the Test Championship and ODI League will now bring more context to every series. “I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first,” he said. “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on. 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 for the ICC Cricket World Cup.”A source also confirmed that Pakistan was adamant on not playing India within the new Test Championship and ODI League. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board agreed to the changes after assurances from the ICC. And ICC also talks about the details how India and Pakistan can play against each other either inside or outside of the leagues.In other decisions taken, Zimbabwe will host the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier and in the month of March next year, this tournament will scratch the surface. Netherlands will host the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier. The ICC also confirmed a position for an independent female director and an appointment will be made in a few weeks.