England to compete in new ICC Test world championship

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  • The ICC have approved plans for a Test world championship and an ODI league
  • England will be one of nine teams to compete in the two-year Test series
  • Each team will play six series, with the top two then contesting a play-off final
  • The ODI league will have 13 teams and lead directly to World Cup qualification
  • Four-day Tests have also been approved but most matches will remain five days

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 04:40 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 05:06 EDT, 13 October 2017

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England are to take part in a Test world championship after the sport's governing body gave the go-ahead to a nine-team two-year series to begin in 2019.

Joe Root's side could also be involved in four-day Test matches in new proposals accepted by the International Cricket Council at its board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.

The ICC has also given the green light to a 13-team one-day international league which will begin in 2020 and lead to direct qualification to the Cricket World Cup.

England (captained by Joe Root, above) will compete in a Test world championship in 2019

The ICC have approved the two-year, nine-team event, plus an international one-day league
The ICC have approved the two-year, nine-team event, plus an international one-day league

The ICC have approved the two-year, nine-team event, plus an international one-day league

Nine teams will play six series over the new two-year Test championship - three each home and away - with each series having a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five.

The top two teams will contest a play-off final to determine the Test champions in England in June 2021.

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.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar 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.

'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.'

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

ICC chief executive David Richardson said: 'Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams.'

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said fans can now enjoy cricket 'knowing every game counts'
ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said fans can now enjoy cricket 'knowing every game counts'

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said fans can now enjoy cricket 'knowing every game counts'

The ICC have also approved four-day Tests, providing both teams agree to the shorter length
The ICC have also approved four-day Tests, providing both teams agree to the shorter length

The ICC have also approved four-day Tests, providing both teams agree to the shorter length

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