No India vs Pakistan match in inaugural World Test Championship, ICC confirms

29 April, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • London Stadium set to miss out on hosting Cricket World Cup matches

It has introduced the World Test Championship that will be played over a two-year cycle (2019-20) with the final being held in 2021.

The eight-team ODI format has been removed from the ICC competition roster after its relevance has been questioned for many years.

The next Champions Trophy "will be turned into a world T20 and that fits in with our strategy to use T20 as a way of growing the game", Richardson added. During the championship period only Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland will engage in bilateral exchanges as they will not be a part of the Test Championship. In totality, there will be 36 Tests over 24 months, confirmed ICC at the end of its quarterly meeting in Kolkata on Thursday.

This means the reigning champion Pakistan will not be defending the Champions Trophy won a year ago against India.

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"The Champions Trophy in a way was too similar to the World Cup, always quite hard to differentiate". In a further boost to the T20 game, the ICC has also made a decision to give "international status" to all 20 over matches between the world body's 100-plus member nations. This provides opportunities for 16 teams to compete at a global level with a sub-regional, regional and global qualification process every two years, giving more regular cricket to more Members. However, it will not see arch-rivals India and Pakistan locking horns with each other unless the two teams make it to the final. The India-Pakistan Tests have been kept out of the FTP as the Indian government does not approve bilateral cricket with the neighbouring country for political reasons, including Pakistan's policy of harbouring and instigating terrorists for disruptive activities in India.

The World T20 in 2020 will be held in Australia and the World T20 in 2021 will be held in India. Signing off the FTP has been the result of unwavering commitment from all Members to get to this point and we look forward to the commencement of both the new ICC World Test Championship and ODI League in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

"I would like to commend our Members on reaching agreement on the FTP which means the ICC World Test Championship and ODI league are now cemented into the calendar".

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