India Today – The International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled details of a revamped match schedule on Wednesday which will underpin its inaugural World Test Championship starting next year.

Summary

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled details of a revamped match schedule on Wednesday which will underpin its inaugural World Test Championship starting next year.
  • The long-awaited Championship, involving the nine top-ranked Test nations competing in a league between July 15, 2019 to April 30, 2021, has been designed to give more meaning to Test series for cricket fans.
  • Team India’s opening series in the World Test Championship is against the West Indies in the Caribbean in July 2019, while their first ODI series in the league is against Sri Lanka in June 2020.
  • The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
  • The principles followed by Members in the creation of this men’s FTP are as follows:- Scheduling the appropriate amount of cricket in each format (home and away) for each Member;- With matches scheduled at the preferred time of year in each territory;- Inclusion of existing series that have already been committed to commercial partners (mainly in 2019-20);- Providing optimum preparation for ICC Events by playing the same format immediately before the tournament;- sufficient time for Members to schedule their preferred bilateral content outside of World Test Championship and ODI league;- periods when individual Boards want to allow their national team players to be available to compete in domestic T20 leagues.


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