The inaugural ICC world test championship is drawing in a lot of excitement owing to its unique format. And its hype just grew ten-times after the International Cricket Council revealed its fixtures on Wednesday. The Indian cricket team will kick-off its tournament, against West Indies in the Caribbean in July 2019 where they’ll play a test match. Its campaign in the 13-team ODI League begins versus Sri Lanka (away) in June 2020.
The ICC released its FTP for the next five years which included details of the world test championship and 13-team ODI league. It also confirmed the dates for all bilateral international fixtures for all the three formats of men’s cricket. The creation of the FTP also saw a slew of other changes and topics being discussed by the members to bring in more fluidity and ease into the game.
Before we bring you more on the fixtures of the world test championship and 13-team ODI league let us tell you what they really are. As per the ICC, the nine top-ranked Test teams will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run for a period of 2 years; from July 15, 2019 to April 30, 2021
The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions,” said an ICC release on Wednesday. “In addition, the 12 Test playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2022 and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents.”
This format will see India start their tournaments against West indies and Sri Lanka respectively, going onto play other teams that mutually agree with.
Both the tournaments hold immense significance. The 13-team ODI tournament has been slated as the qualification for the 2023 world cup to be hosted in India which will make it ever so more competitive and fiercely competitive. We welcome the new tournaments introduced by the ICC and hope that they are as successful as the world cups.