ICC unveils inaugural World Test Championship schedule

21 Juin, 2018, 08:50 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion

England (eight times), India (six), West Indies (five), South Africa (five), Pakistan (four) and Sri Lanka (two) have all featured since then.

The nine top-ranked sides will play six test series in a two-year cycle, with the two top-ranked sides progressing to the June 2021 final for the World Test Championship. The matches scheduled for tournaments including Asia Cup and ICC events aren't included in these calculations.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed their team will face Australia at the MCG on Boxing Day next year as part of a three-test, three-ODI series across the Tasman.

They don't, of course, have a single series against India but another complicated geopolitical relationship with a neighbour - Afghanistan - will be given an airing - as they play three ODIs in Afghanistan's home ground in September 2021 as part of the ODI league. However, the venues of these matches are subject to confirmation. The final of this cycle may take place at the Lord's in July 2021.

New Zealand's next global series is against Pakistan including three tests in the United Arab Emirates, starting in October, while Sri Lanka (two tests, three ODIs, one T20), India (five ODIs, three T20s) and Bangladesh (three tests, three ODIs) are touring this summer. South Africa will kick start their campaign in India in October 2019. As per the new FTP, the ICC has kept the Ashes under the new Test championship.

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"Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with worldwide cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end", Richardson said in a statement. International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced, its Future Tours Programme (FTP) for a five-year period (2018-2023) which includes the World Test Championship and a 13-team ODI league.

The WTC series against New Zealand in 2020 will have Tests but no five-day games are scheduled when India travel to play the Black Caps next year.

The 12 test-playing nations and the Netherlands will participate in the 13-team league, which will run from May 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022. Top-seven teams as per ICC ODI Rankings on March 31, 2022, will qualify for the World Cup directly, while the rest five will go through the \ ICC World Cup Qualifier.

The latter culminates in the inaugural World Test Championship final in England in June 2021. All bilateral Tests, ODIs and T20Is outside of the above competitions.

Cricket Ireland also told RTÉ Sport that they waiting for confirmation from the England and Wales Cricket Board regarding an away Test match next year but rate the fixture as "likely".

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