London: Jun 29, 2013
The International Cricket Council (ICC), in its annual conference held in London on Saturday, confirmed that the inaugural ICC World Test Championship will be staged in 2017. The championship will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), while the second edition in 2021 will be held in India.
In addition to this, the ICC, in a media release, said that it will stage 18 events between 2015 and 2023, including two ICC Cricket World Cups, two ICC World Test Championships, two ICC World Twenty20 events, three ICC Women’s World Cups, three ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, two ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and four qualifying tournaments.
“We are delighted to confirm the exciting schedule of events through to 2023,” ICC CEO David Richardson was quoted as saying on the their official website.
“The ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all. However, the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats over a four-year cycle is a good one and, as such, the ICC Board has agreed to replace the Champions Trophy with the ICC World Test Championship.
“Now that the ICC World Test Championship has been confirmed, we’ll work on the playing conditions and qualification criteria, and will submit these to the ICC Board for approval in due course.”
Apart from this, it was also decided that the ICC’s Full Members will have to play a minimum of 16 Tests over a four-year period. Meanwhile, Afghanistan was confirmed as the council’s 37th Associate Member.