ICC approves Test Championship, ODI league

ICC approves Test Championship, ODI league

Each competing country will play in six series over that time, three at home and three away, with all series being of a minimum two matches' duration but able to be expanded to as many as five to cater for encounters such as the Ashes.

William Porterfield's side along with Afghanistan were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June following their consistent performances in the other formats and global events.

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. The days of lengthier ODI series appears to be over.

"We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket", Deutrom added.

ICC said in a media release on Tuesday that Pakistan will play a "red ball" match against Ireland in April before their two-Test tour of England in 2018.

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Ireland played their first one-day global against England in 2006 and qualified for the World Cup the following year, where they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh.

South Africa had announced plans to play four-day Test against Zimbabwe for Boxing Day and are hopeful of getting ICC's nod at the meetings in Auckland.

"We can hardly complain about compromising the traditional rhythms of Test cricket when Ireland hasn't played one yet", Deutrom was quoted as saying by Cricket Country last month".

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.

"This is a significant point in time for ICC members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for global bilateral cricket. The ICC Board decision today means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms". With the chilly European conditions and a nervy Pakistan squad, Ireland might just be looking towards making a dream entry on cricket's most prestigious stage.

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