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Ireland to make Test debut v Pakistan in 2018

Ireland to make Test debut v Pakistan in 2018

South Africa announced plans to play Zimbabwe in the first four-day Test starting on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth, as part of their home summer calendar for the 2017-18 season.

While some details remain to be fleshed out, including the points system and the full week-by-week Future Tours Programme, the first two-year Test championship comprising the game's top-nine teams will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup, with the top two teams by April 2021 to playoff in a championship final in England in June of that year.

After the ICC board meeting in Auckland on Friday, Richardson said the proposed test championship (from 2019) and one-day worldwide league (from 2020) had been confirmed.

It will culminate with a final in 2021, with previous reports hinting that match could take place at Lord's, while the one-day worldwide league will get underway in 2021 and determine qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

Apart from the above advantage, it is also believed that Test may well be a four-day affair instead of the traditional five-day Test match. Members will be able to schedule four-day games by bilateral agreement and a set of standardised playing conditions will now be finalised.

"Our priority was to develop an worldwide cricket structure that gave context and meaning across global cricket and particularly in the Test arena".




"However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket".

A recent innovation created to reverse the trend is the introduction of day-night Test matches, which moves playing sessions to more spectator-friendly hours after dark.

While the ODI league will feature the game's top 13 limited-overs nations and will run for two years, before changing to a three-year league after the World Cup in 2023.

"We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn't played one yet", Deutrom told Cricket Country last month. But squabbling over formats, and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged, have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.

Namibia have been confirmed as the host of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in February 2018 whilst the Netherlands have been approved as the host of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier 2018.


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