ICC news June 29, 2013

Test Championship to replace Champions Trophy

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The Champions Trophy is now officially history with the ICC confirming a World Test Championship from 2017 onwards in line with its goal of having one pinnacle tournament for each of the three formats over a four-year period. This also means that the men's World Twenty20 will be held once every four years starting 2016 instead of the current two-year interval.

The women's event will remain a biennial affair, played with the men's event in 2016 and 2020 and as a standalone tournament in the West Indies and South Africa in 2018 and 2022. The women's 2014 tournament has been expanded to ten teams, with the top three teams from the qualifiers to join the current seven.

In another decision taken to "ensure an optimum balance between the three formats of the game", teams will now have to play a minimum of 16 Tests in each four-year cycle with the ICC board accepting the recommendation of its cricket committee. There have been a number of recent examples of Test series being postponed due to conflicting demands, either from one-day cricket or the proliferation of Twenty20 leagues. Countries might still be able to give preference to limited-overs cricket, though, with the requirement being set as low as 16 Tests.

The success of the recent edition of the Champions Trophy had given rise to talk that the tournament might live on after all but the ICC has stuck to its stated intent of moving on. "The ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all," David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said. "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."

England and India were announced as venues for the first two editions of the World Test Championship in June-July 2017 and February-March 2021 as also for the 2019 and 2023 World Cups respectively. India will also host the 2016 World Twenty20 with the 2020 one going to Australia.

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  • S.Jagernath on June 30, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    England is a beautiful place for cricket to be played,especially test cricket.The issue is if England are contesting the championship,they would have an obvious advantage as England are brilliant at home.Test cricket is not like limited over where pitches are almost standardised all over the world.I can never understand how test cricket can be played in a knockout tournament either.Test cricket needs a league & a champion to be selected over a specified period of time that has involved home & away matches.

  • QingdaoXI on June 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Instead of 16 tests it should have been 24 tests minimun in 4 years, i.e atleast two 3 match test series in year for every country on home and away basis. ICC Champions trophy should have stayed and it would have helped to have ICC tournament every year i.e 2015 ICC 50 0ver world cup, 2016 ICC World T-20, 2017 ICC Test Championship, 2018 ICC Champions Trophy. If not Champions trophy ICC should try to get nod in Olympics for T-20. So every year top teams should come together. Also ICC Should try to restrivt the domestic T-20 competions ie. Only 3 Domestic competition every year so team can find more window for test too. In 50 over world cuo there should be 16 teams , six associate should be divided into 2 groups and play against each other just before tournament and top team of each group should be qualified for main event, t-20 16 teams, and test should have 4 teams but play in round robin and top 2 teams should play the final. CT should renamed as ICC knock out with 7 Matches.

  • Meety on July 2, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Oz get ripped off again. The perfect place to host the Test Championship is Oz. Best all round cricket pitches in the world.

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Is India 2023 also co hosted by SL-Ban or only india

  • swarzi on July 1, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    All the really big sporting disciplines (eg tennis, golf, football) play various types of international tournaments almost quarterly; because, the wise international heads that administer these sports realise that tournaments are the thing that bring real popularity to every sport. The reason being that this is the time when the nationals of each participating country become very interested in knowing how their country is doing against the other countries of the world. However, in cricket, the ICC seem to want the popularity of the sport to just remain on the subcontinent. Because, they're allowing all sorts of windows to be opened for their local T/20 fixtures on a yearly basis, while trying to get rid of very respected international tournaments, in order to add a new one. I think they should try to play more tournaments more regularly, instead of replacing one with the other? In other words, I really appreciate the test match tournaments but not at the expense of the Champion Trophy!

  • SirViv1973 on July 1, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    @Patabac, Although Eng will end up hosting 4 Icc events in 10 yrs, Ind have also been awarded 4 in 12 yrs aswell so it is unfiar to single out Eng here.I personally think both counties have been given more than their fair share of events but in the icc's defence they are very limited in where they can put on a test c'ship. Probably only Eng, Aus & Ind could have be considered, so Aus missed out but have got the world T20 instead. Your argument regarding the 2 new balls dosen't stack up either the current Eng attack are as good an exponents of reverse swing as any other attack out there. In terms of the T20 WC, I think pretty much everyone else on this thread that having it every 4 yrs is right. There is more than enough T20 being played already given the IPL, other franchised domestic leagues & CLT20 every year, so why do we need a biannual WC aswell? Also have you also forgotten Eng won the T20 WC 3 yrs ago?

  • D.V.C. on July 1, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I welcome the concept of one major competition for each format in a 4 year cycle. I really don't think Tests are suited to a finals series though. I would much prefer a League where each side plays home and away in a 4 year cycle. I realise there are too many teams for this, so suggest two divisions with promotion and relegation at the end of it. Each team would also be required to play a non-championship series against a side from the other division once every two years. This also gives other sides a clear route to play Tests by winning promotion from a '1st Class' 3rd Division. Still, this concept is probably too radical for the moment. Hopefully what the ICC have proposed is a stepping stone to something like this.

  • brusselslion on July 1, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Surely, in principle, this has to be a good idea. Like it or not, there are 3 formats of the game. We currently have a World Championship for 2, and the addition of a 3rd completes the triangle: We can argue about the logistics of how it will all work at a later date

    Re hosting; England & India do seem to have come out of this rather well. I know that England supporters will say that Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland will get games and India will say the same for the other Asian countries but Australasia, SA & the WIs seem to have been dealt especially poor hands.

  • on July 1, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    why India is given more tournaments and nothing for pakistan

  • Patdabac on July 1, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Wow It's amazing how the ICC creates new rules and events that favour teams like England. First it was the 2 new balls, which took reverse swing away completley, this will make matches in the sub continent very boring on flat pitches. Now the spinners only have 4 fielders outside the ring, which will disadvantage teams from the subcontinent again (They have more+Spinners). Now they've moved the T20 world cups to every 4 years, so teams like England who are terrible at T20's won't get beaten every year. So since 2009-2019: England have and will host the WT20 09, CT 2013, WC 2019 and Test WC 2017. That's very biased for me. Not to forget all these small and boring cricket grounds in the UK (except Lords), that cannot even hold up to 28 000 people. Also with the possibility half the matches will be abandoned due to rain. ICC must just be looking for money by hosting all these tournaments in England.

  • S.Jagernath on June 30, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    England is a beautiful place for cricket to be played,especially test cricket.The issue is if England are contesting the championship,they would have an obvious advantage as England are brilliant at home.Test cricket is not like limited over where pitches are almost standardised all over the world.I can never understand how test cricket can be played in a knockout tournament either.Test cricket needs a league & a champion to be selected over a specified period of time that has involved home & away matches.

  • QingdaoXI on June 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Instead of 16 tests it should have been 24 tests minimun in 4 years, i.e atleast two 3 match test series in year for every country on home and away basis. ICC Champions trophy should have stayed and it would have helped to have ICC tournament every year i.e 2015 ICC 50 0ver world cup, 2016 ICC World T-20, 2017 ICC Test Championship, 2018 ICC Champions Trophy. If not Champions trophy ICC should try to get nod in Olympics for T-20. So every year top teams should come together. Also ICC Should try to restrivt the domestic T-20 competions ie. Only 3 Domestic competition every year so team can find more window for test too. In 50 over world cuo there should be 16 teams , six associate should be divided into 2 groups and play against each other just before tournament and top team of each group should be qualified for main event, t-20 16 teams, and test should have 4 teams but play in round robin and top 2 teams should play the final. CT should renamed as ICC knock out with 7 Matches.

  • Meety on July 2, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Oz get ripped off again. The perfect place to host the Test Championship is Oz. Best all round cricket pitches in the world.

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Is India 2023 also co hosted by SL-Ban or only india

  • swarzi on July 1, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    All the really big sporting disciplines (eg tennis, golf, football) play various types of international tournaments almost quarterly; because, the wise international heads that administer these sports realise that tournaments are the thing that bring real popularity to every sport. The reason being that this is the time when the nationals of each participating country become very interested in knowing how their country is doing against the other countries of the world. However, in cricket, the ICC seem to want the popularity of the sport to just remain on the subcontinent. Because, they're allowing all sorts of windows to be opened for their local T/20 fixtures on a yearly basis, while trying to get rid of very respected international tournaments, in order to add a new one. I think they should try to play more tournaments more regularly, instead of replacing one with the other? In other words, I really appreciate the test match tournaments but not at the expense of the Champion Trophy!

  • SirViv1973 on July 1, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    @Patabac, Although Eng will end up hosting 4 Icc events in 10 yrs, Ind have also been awarded 4 in 12 yrs aswell so it is unfiar to single out Eng here.I personally think both counties have been given more than their fair share of events but in the icc's defence they are very limited in where they can put on a test c'ship. Probably only Eng, Aus & Ind could have be considered, so Aus missed out but have got the world T20 instead. Your argument regarding the 2 new balls dosen't stack up either the current Eng attack are as good an exponents of reverse swing as any other attack out there. In terms of the T20 WC, I think pretty much everyone else on this thread that having it every 4 yrs is right. There is more than enough T20 being played already given the IPL, other franchised domestic leagues & CLT20 every year, so why do we need a biannual WC aswell? Also have you also forgotten Eng won the T20 WC 3 yrs ago?

  • D.V.C. on July 1, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I welcome the concept of one major competition for each format in a 4 year cycle. I really don't think Tests are suited to a finals series though. I would much prefer a League where each side plays home and away in a 4 year cycle. I realise there are too many teams for this, so suggest two divisions with promotion and relegation at the end of it. Each team would also be required to play a non-championship series against a side from the other division once every two years. This also gives other sides a clear route to play Tests by winning promotion from a '1st Class' 3rd Division. Still, this concept is probably too radical for the moment. Hopefully what the ICC have proposed is a stepping stone to something like this.

  • brusselslion on July 1, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Surely, in principle, this has to be a good idea. Like it or not, there are 3 formats of the game. We currently have a World Championship for 2, and the addition of a 3rd completes the triangle: We can argue about the logistics of how it will all work at a later date

    Re hosting; England & India do seem to have come out of this rather well. I know that England supporters will say that Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland will get games and India will say the same for the other Asian countries but Australasia, SA & the WIs seem to have been dealt especially poor hands.

  • on July 1, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    why India is given more tournaments and nothing for pakistan

  • Patdabac on July 1, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Wow It's amazing how the ICC creates new rules and events that favour teams like England. First it was the 2 new balls, which took reverse swing away completley, this will make matches in the sub continent very boring on flat pitches. Now the spinners only have 4 fielders outside the ring, which will disadvantage teams from the subcontinent again (They have more+Spinners). Now they've moved the T20 world cups to every 4 years, so teams like England who are terrible at T20's won't get beaten every year. So since 2009-2019: England have and will host the WT20 09, CT 2013, WC 2019 and Test WC 2017. That's very biased for me. Not to forget all these small and boring cricket grounds in the UK (except Lords), that cannot even hold up to 28 000 people. Also with the possibility half the matches will be abandoned due to rain. ICC must just be looking for money by hosting all these tournaments in England.

  • wrenx on July 1, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    The ICC is trying it's best to ride the wave of popularity and lucrativeness of cricket in India right now, by throwing everything they can there way, at the expense of growing the game worldwide. It makes financial sense, but I think it's short-sighted not to acknowledge how much cricket may have atrophied in India, in the presence of the glut of T20 that will be played between now and 2023. Even the 2016 World T20 being sold off to India is a depressing development - after all, that's what India needs right now, isn't it? More T20 cricket... and depressing answer to a depressing question.

  • Wefinishthis on July 1, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Part of the huge appeal of cricket is all of the history and the statistics that have gone with that. My only concern is that this may upset that balance as some teams will be playing more games against more difficult opposition, making it harder to compare the statistics between teams and players as top players in strong teams may be better/worse off than top players in weak teams (depending on how this is implemented). Comparing different generations of players will be even more difficult than it is already. I really hope that this doesn't destroy all of the meaning behind over a century of test cricket. If that happens, I (and many other) may not bother following the game any more, just as I've stopped following ODI cricket now that it's lost all meaning.

  • Sir_Ivor on July 1, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    The first Test championship should have been held in India because the concept will win very big if it starts in an Indian winter. At that time there will not be any interruptions due to rain etc. In England there is unfair advantage to be gained with rain, cloudy skies and the like by one side or the other.You cannot have washouts in this kind of tournament. The wickets should be fairly even for all sides and could be prepared by an international body of curators. Many things come to my mind which may be too much inputs at this early stage. But I am glad that the ICC is coming into its own.

  • symsun on July 1, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Poorly states " to play a minimum of 16 Tests in each four-year cycle" which means India, Aus, England will play btw them more to gain more money. They are not going to grow cricket. It would be good, if ICC had stated as each team should have played a minimum of 2 test matches with all other teams in 4 years. And it would be more wise, if it stated as each team should have visited all countries and should have played a minimum of 2 tests or 5 odi's at the opponents home in 4 years.

  • vishwa_a on July 1, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    It shouldn't be called "World Test Championship", rather it should be called "World Test Championship Playoff"! The actual "World Test Championship" would happen throughout the year where Test teams will be playing mutual series for points and to get in top 4 teams. The top four ranked teams on December 31, 2016 - the cut-off date set by ICC - will play the three-match Test championship playoff during June 2017. There will be two semi-finals and the winners will play the final.

  • symsun on July 1, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Any decision on playing test matches in lights?

  • symsun on July 1, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    After all ICC is going for money. I would be happy if the test championship is played in Zimbabwe, Kenya, New Zealand.

  • on July 1, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    I think T20 in every 2 years is the best thing we can have

  • correctcall on July 1, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    ICC Test championship is thoroughly welcome and since it is their event will presumably be the best test of long form cricket skill with the least impact of umpiring errors ie DRS will be FULLY deployed - even in India!

  • venkatesh018 on July 1, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    If the ICC wants to maintain a balance between the three formats of the game ie if it wants Tests to flourish, they should ensure that Test matches are played on surfaces with enough carry and bounce which brings both pacers and spinners into the game. They should punish Boards who play Tests on lifeless, docile batting beauties(easier said than done, considering the record of ICC in such matters). Instead producing a Test champion via Knockouts is absolute nonsense.

  • on July 1, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Only one recommendation... The cycle should be 3 years instead of 4. Hence each format will receive one event each year, and that will be a perfect combination!!!

  • Batmanian on July 1, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    There should be a Test series as the final. One-off Tests don't really make sense, ESPECIALLY when they are close. One Test in each participant's country and then a third at Lord's or another marquee venue like the MCG or Eden Gardens would make much more sense.

  • on June 30, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    I'm sorry but 16 Tests in 4 years is just not enough. I can understand that TV broadcasting agencies brought us limited overs cricket to get people watching cricket again, but Test cricket has always been the pinnacle of the game and should be treated as the primary form of cricket. Limited overs cricket should be treated as part of a test tour and not the main event. Lately I have been seeing 2 tests, 5 ODI's and 2 T20's in a tour. Don't get me wrong, limited overs cricket is exciting, but it's taking over. Test cricket is the hardest form of cricket and the players all treat it as the most important. Giving them 2 tests in a series is just silly.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 30, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    There are or two points to make about this. Intrinsically the Test Championship is a good idea. Scrapping the Champions Trophy is not given the overall level of support for it both here and amongst commentators. Some think it is better than the world cup.I do too in a number of ways and would like to see every WC played along the lines of the '92 WC. As ever the ICC ignore what the people want And what about the rule changes for this year's ODI's? Poison. Re 16 tests in a 4 year cycle, 4 tests per year. Rubbish! Minimum 6 tests per year as a basic. Who needs less? SL are the main problem and need to be warned as to their position. Pakistan have real problems compared to SL yet they would make the effort I think. The ICC pay lip service to Tests though and really are not committed. I do feel reasns why the Test countries should secede from the iCC and leave it to be what it should- an empty windbag of an organisation huffing and puffing to no-one but the thin air. ICC must go.

  • on June 30, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    I personally feel it is a very bold and a confirming move that ICC is a little concerned of the fact that cricket is losing its original classic essence. The players play more T20 than the 50ovr or test format. This is promoting the young aspirants an talents to learn the game in a way to fit the T20 format which is more rewarding. The need to be technically strong is vanishing recently. Test cricket on the other hand tests one's character, talent, skill, technique and patience. The motivation of wanting to make it to the National Test World Cup squad will push reestablish the need to be technically sound. Only those who have the character to adjust and adapt to the asked format will make it to the national side. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS MOVE.

  • on June 30, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    T20 World Cup after 4 years that's too long every major tournament after 4 years Is not good enough where does this test championship stand I know test cricket is the pinnacle but how long will it take to complete test championship 4 months its stupid to have this tournament instead of champions trophy this tournament will be a flop and u will see champions trophy coming back stupid icc

  • on June 30, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Good for cricket, I love the test title championship. It ll help lot of players to suceed

  • on June 30, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    I think this starting a World Test Championship is an excellent and exciting initiative from the ICC, given the amount of T20s being played these days all over the world in all sorts of tournaments. This will really help revive a new life into the Test format of cricket. One pinnacle tournament for each format , every four years, sounds a turning point for cricket over the future !!

  • on June 30, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    i think the test world cup should be played all over the world at the same time. so engkand could be playing india in england and at the same time west indies could play australi in jamaica. and do so that all teams get a fair amount of home games.

  • on June 30, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Test championship seems to me like a joke. With just s/f and final format its against the basic essence of test cricket. Test cricket has far been relished in 3/5 match series. How can u conclude a test championship in a single test. ICC needs to look out for teams like bangladesh and zimbabwe consider a scenario where a team like bl or zim relaly plays good test cricket out of thier skin and rises to 5th ranking and the thier final series before the cut off date is with 1st ranking team at home. U will be asking too Much from them to win the series and improve thier ranking to 4. All teams should be divided in 2 groups and test matches should be played in home and away formats inter - group to decide the finalists. Richer boards like india will be benefited from the current set up as they will always tray to play as many test matches at home to secure thier ranking.

  • on June 30, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I wonder what is the criteria for awarding the hosting of ICC tournaments. From 2017 to 2023, 3 events will be held in India, 2 in England. what about SL, NZ, WI, BAN and SA. All these countries have world class facilities and have successfully hosted major events in the past.

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    there are 6 icc tournaments between 2016-2023. 3 of them will be in india 2 of them in england. what about other countries? it's not fair.

  • SirViv1973 on June 30, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    It also looks as if some boards have come out of this very well & others really not so well. Eng have been awarded 3 events in 6yrs or if you take in to consideration the 09 T20 WC then 4 events in 10 yrs. Ind too have done very well with 3 events in 7 yrs or with the 2011 WC 4 in 12 yrs. On the face of it the WI & SAF look the big loosers with no major event sch for the next 10 yrs, Surely it should have been Africa's turn to host the 2023 wc? Perhaps the icc feel that Bang will not be able to host next yrs world T20 & that SAF will get this by way of compensation. It's also interesting to see that Ind are hosting the 2023 WC in their own right. I suspect Ban,SRL & poss Pak may get to host a few of their pool matches but the vast majority of games will be played in ind.

  • SirViv1973 on June 30, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    In terms of what the ICC have agreed on. I certainly don't think 4 tests a year is enough, if the CFTP is to continue then 6 tests a year should be a minimum (either 2 3 match or 3 2 match series). I'm happy with the world T20 reverting to every 4 yrs. However it does seem a little strange, given that they have chosen to do away with the CT. You would have thought that the spare yr in each cycle could have seen some sort of short format competition played over a 2 week period. They could have stayed with the CT under its present format or perhaps gone back to the original ideal of a KO event to be played in emerging countries, they could have also considered playing it as a T20 event, as long as it was a quick formatted competition. As for the test C'ship I like the idea but I can't see the proposed format of the top 4 teams at a prearranged date just going in to a s/f final & final working. If the ICC don't get this right it could end up going the same way as the super series.

  • Happy_hamster on June 30, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    As much as I admit to finding the CT enjoyable, the point is how can you have someone called the 'Champions' when normally someone else is the world champion (I know this is currently not so), surely World Champion is champ, thoroughly agree with T20 4 yearly; any tournament played too often detracts from the honor of winning it. In regards the test championship I think we will end up with a scenario with the team who has been No.1 in the rankings for 4 years not winning the title, like in the domestic rugby league/union in the UK, a bit hollow.

  • SirViv1973 on June 30, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Further to my previous my 2nd option would be to divide the 10 teams in to 2 groups with each team playing a 2 match series against the other 4 teams home & away this would result in 16 tests over the 2 yr period. Perhaps slightly fewer games would be more acceptable to some of the smaller boards & this option would also cut down on travel & allow teams to have a proper warm up ahead of the 2 game series.

  • SirViv1973 on June 30, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Lots of suggestion as to how a test c'ship should work. My feelings are that such an event under the CFTP simply won't work. I think there are 2 possible options, the 1st being that 2 years are taken out of the 4 yr cycle to concentrate on the test C'ship. this would mean all 10 team playing each other in 1 test home & away, so 18 tests, (8 to 10 in ach yr) which still leave ample time in the schedule 4 T20 & ODi's over this period. The finals event would ideally be the top 4 teams involved in a round robin with the 2 top playing a final, If this turns out to be too time consuming then we would just have 2 have s/f & final. The other 2 yrs in the cycle would allow for icon tests series such as the ashes & Border/Gavaskar series. It would also allow teams like WI & SRL to play more ODi's & T20's although the icc shld still insist on at least 4 test matches per country over this period.

  • ADB1 on June 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    As for the ODI World Cup, does that mean we'll be treated to the sight of Eng v Canada in the group stages? Please. Facts are, cricket doesn't have enough countries playing for a WC - or even CT - to mean very much beyond who was playing well at that time.

    The FIFA WC is totally different - you have to play a whole lot of pre-tournament games (over a couple of years) to even qualify, then you play three group games, a round of 16 knock out, a QF, SF and Final to win. In other words, you need to beat all-comers over three years. The ODI CT or you play about five games. An ODI WC will see groups stage matches like Ind v Kenya. There is no comparison.

    I just wish the ICC would stop trying to emulate football. It looks ridiculous.

  • ADB1 on June 30, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    The Test Championship sounds like a load of rubbish. Even if things are set up so that each Test team plays the other home and away over a specified period, it does not give a fair indication of who is necessarily the best when the finals are on. Team A could be a completely different proposition to opponents in the first year of the comp, versus the last.

    The whole current Test ranking thing is rubbish, for the same reasons, plus of course teams don't even play the same series as everyone else. Look at how India got to #1. I don't need a Test ranking system to see that SA are the best team at the moment, any more than people needed a ranking to see that Aus or WI were dominant in the past.

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    I don't understand the reason of cancelling the CHAMPIONS TROPHY .I mean 4 primary global events (TEST CHAMPIONSHIP,WORLD CUP,CHAMPIONS TROPHY, T20 WC) should be organized in 4 year cycle with 1 tournament every year !!! ridiculous decision to cancel the CHAMPIONS TROPHY :( :(

  • on June 30, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    there must be 2018 t20 championship might nt b?

  • cricindia4life on June 30, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Just realized that the format I suggested earlier might result in too many test matches. Keep it to 2-test series for the group matches, resulting in 26 matches over three years if there are 5 teams per group. Or if dropping zim and ban from test status, there'll be 4 Teams per group, resulting in 20 matches over 3 years.

  • cricindia4life on June 30, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Test championship format: divide teams into two groups. Each team plays every team in the group both home and away. Each team plays every team in the other group either home or away. Each series should be 3-test minimum, additional tests may be played but only the first three count towards championship. These matches all happen over the period of 3 years. In the 4th year, A1 plays B2 in a 3-test series, 2 at A1 home and 1 at B2. Same with B1 and A2. This further incentivizes the top spot in each group. Winners of these play a 4-test series, 2 home and 2 away to decide the test champion! The rest of the countries can play friendlies during the 4th year for revenue generation. Neutral venues for test matches will NEVER work!

  • on June 30, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    The Bangladesh and Zim should be drop from Test ......Give them and Associates teams more 50 and 20 over games.

  • Happy_hamster on June 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    The news on a test championship is welcome, sachinkhairnar5983 on (June 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT) I agree with your point on the number of tests. In principal it is a great idea but we will have to see the format ie. how many teams participate, qualification criteria etc. As for the weather in England it might cause the loss of a day but rarely is a test wiped out and test format is the most able to accommodate rain interruptions. And as for the repeated suggestions points are gained by merely playing more tests, have a word with yourself it is an average wins:losses graded against the strength of the opposition. Cricket boards like WI, SL choose to chase the money with more ODI's T20 this lessens the test skills but as long as the mandatory amount of tests are played doesn't have a detrimental effect on ranking points. I do however have some reservations on the validity of test champs solely on one venue - Australia haven't won in India for 50 years, India have never won in SA, Aus etc.

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    I have carefully studied the above article. It is factual on the most part and conjecture on the other. I do not accept that the replacement of the Champions Trophy is a good thing for cricket. The argument to have a significant cricket event every year is fine but the replacement of the Champions Trophy will achieve nothing. Here are some reasons. 1. The CT was very successful- why kill the goose that lays the golden egg? 2. A Test Championship is not economically viable. 3. In terms of excitement and enjoyment Test cricket is boring. 4. Who are we trying to fool that test Cricket is the real thing - this argument is only good for the purest. 5. With the paying public having to choose between time constraint/value for money/enjoyment and attracting new fans Test cricket is doomed.

  • slcoold on June 30, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I love the fact that test cricket has been finally given a championship series. But i have to agree with Jagernath, there should have been home and away games. if you have two groups of four team, one team only has to travel to three other countries. and then the quarters, semis and the final. which all will be consistent of home and away. And why are all these matches been scheduled in India, England and Australia? What happens to the rest? SA, WI, SL, NZ, BD? It is beginning to look like a big monopoly.

  • on June 30, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I like this new concept of Test Match Championship. I will be eagerly waiting to witness how it go about and how much people will be interested to follow this format of the game.It will be a great Tournament keeping in mind the likes of Ind Pak and Eng Aus rivalry in the game.As per my view,its an excellent decision taken by ICC to reduce T20 format and revolutionizing Test Cricket.

    PS : Dravid will be Kicking himself for not being part of this Championship.

  • Anneeq on June 30, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Great decisions by the ICC for once. Although i feel, more has to be done to spread the game. Eg we need to have qualifiers played between the Associates and some of the full member teams for the T20 and ODI WCs. I was suggesting that the T20 and ODI W/C have 16 and 12 teams respectively. The top 4 ODI and T20 teams automatically qualify and the rest should have a qualifying series where they matches home and away for the remaining 12 and 10 places respectively.

    I got no idea about the test championship tho, i wish the ICC the best of luck with that.......

  • ashim86 on June 30, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    I am against this decision of ICC. (especially organizing World T20 in every four years instead of 2 years) . ICC, are you only a member for Test nation? Fist of all, you decided to reduce the number of teams in World Cup to 10 and increased the number if teams in World T20 and said that associate/affiliate countries would have better chance in World T20. But now, you are reducing the number of World T20? When will other cricket nation get exposure? get to play with the so called "Top 10 nation of cricket"? You see, Kenya had reached Semi Finals of 2003 WC and Ireland had defeated Pakistan in 2007 WC, and also England on 2011 WC. So, I request you to not to cancel the time interval between World T20. You are going against your idea of organising World T20 in every even years. Please change this decision. Your decision will surely hamper countries like Afganisthan, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, Kenya, Scotland, UAE, Namibia, Hong Kong, PNG, Nepal, Uganda. - Ashim Regmi Nepal

  • on June 30, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    The ICC 50 Over world cup should have been drop for the sake of the Champions Trophy. Good luck watching a Test Wold cup!

  • Headbandenator on June 30, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    I agree that the CT was a luxury in a crowded calendar, but I enjoyed this tournament far more than most for there being no games that were a waste of space before a a ball was bowled.

  • Narayan.Shastri on June 30, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    This is a good initiative to induce competitiveness in Test Cricket. However, Test Cricket, with its white clothing and red ball seems like a "bland diet". To make it look attractive to the spectators and television audiences, coloured clothing (the same team uniform used for ODIs) and white balls should be introduced. I am not too keen to wish for a day-night Test cricket since the recent proposal did not find any support.

  • on June 30, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    There are few mistakes with these decisions,T20 WC should be played every 2 years continually,and Test Championship should be included at least 5 Teams and All Teams Should be played equal number of Test matches in every year to qualify for Test Championship,and dropping the CT is a good decision because there is no need to play 2 Tournaments of ODI`s in every four year.then we can manage to play one big tournament every year and most appreciated T20`s twice in four years circle.

  • on June 30, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Once Tendulkar has retired from Test Cricket, ground attendances will fall at test matches played in India.

  • Nutcutlet on June 30, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Here's my 2p. The more mature a country is in cricketing terms, the more that country's cricket followers are likely to embrace Test cricket. Added to this should be the avowed policy of the ICC to instruct the various national boards to ensure that ticket prices are kept realistic in terms of that country's average earnings per day. Tourists from richer countries visting poorer countries should expect to pay a visitors' surcharge, but that should still be no more than x3 the cost available to the local pop. Beyond that there must be genuine discounts for schoolchildren attending & all cricket, including Test matches, needs to be promoted for several weeks prior to the match itself. That said, I cannot see Zimbabwe or Bangladesh as genuine Test playing nations ATM, esp. when Ireland can almost certainly raise a strongerTest team than either Zim or Bangla. For those who promote T20 above TC, I say let the tail not wag the dog: TC is the aim of all cricketers worthy of the greatest test!

  • on June 30, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    all the next big event for next 10 years are either england, india or australia.... what about SA? Robbed. India just had WC

  • Markdal on June 30, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Every 4 years for each format is good. T20 every two years reflected the changing dynamic of the game, but probably cheapened the achievement of winning it. To say that England have the advantage by hosting so much is wrong. They have hosted 4 One-Day World Cups, and are yet to win one. India have hosted 3 (along with the other sub-continental countries) and have only won one. I think the pressure put on by the home supporters, in a way, negates a home ground advantage.

  • on June 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    It is very sad . No ICC tournaments in Sri Lanka for next 10 years. What SLC is doing?

  • Dannymania on June 30, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Lovely,just lovely.This way,we get to have more test cricket which is undoubtedly the most classic form of cricket.We also like one dayers but these T20Is have to be reduced. But well,thats just one guy's opinion.Most people like 20 over cricket for some reason that i cant comprehend.Let them enjoy those and let us enjoy the other two formats.I am thankful to the ICC to finally see through all the "You know what" and take steps to ensure the smooth progress of the test cricket and the one day cricket.I'm ectstatic.Cant wait for the test championship to begin.

  • creekeetman on June 30, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    its about time, now the next step is to create 2 divisions, with the top 5 teams in division 1, and the next 5 in division 2. this would greatly reduce the number of useless tests that spoil test cricket.

  • Cyril_Knight on June 30, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    If the ICC is serious about spreading the game globally then the decision to hold the T20 World Cup every four years is daft.

    They should be promoting international T20 and encouraging new countries to invest in cricket. The best way to achieve this would be to begin the process of entering T20 as an Olympic Sport.

    As seen with Rugby 7s, being an Olympic Sport means big countries like Russia and USA invest large amounts of money and create professional leagues/structures.

    It would take at least ten years to get cricket in the Olympics so a world T20 tournament every two years with extended qualifying stages, right down to ICC Division 3 would allow the new countries to progress.

  • PracticalGuy2013 on June 30, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    For all those who are surprised to see India get the 2023 World cup, I think the ICC had announced some years ago that it wants to host every 3rd 50 over World Cup in the Sub-Continent to tap on the immense audience there. So after 2011 World Cup was hosted in the sub-continent the 3rd 50 over World Cup would be 2023 ( 2015 - Aus,Nz & 2019 in Eng being the 2 50 over World Cups in between). I remember them saying "Sub-Continent" & not a particular country, so it's not necessary that all the teams in the sub-continent get to host it. It could well be that India hosts the 2023 WC alone (which they are more than capable of doing) & the 3rd WC after that i.e. the 2035 WC could be hosted by SL, Bangladesh & Pak jointly or SL & Bangladesh jointly depending on the political & security situation in Pak.

  • on June 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The global powerhouse of cricket India gets three global tournaments till 2023...........Is it fair??? What about countries like South Africa and West Indies who last staged their global men's tournament in 2003 and 2007??? These countries will only be able to stage to women and under 19 events............

  • TSJ07 on June 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Test championship should played as home and away basis involving at least top 6 teams.Then the sides who has won maximum matches/points should be given the trophy just like EPL and not like IPL.

  • VJGS on June 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Great decision. The Champions Trophy went out with a bang and should be left out of ICC's calendar. I'm a bit disappointed by having such a low number of compulsory Tests, but nations that really respect the format would be playing more than just 16. T20 WC serves as a brilliant entertaining event but IPL, BBL, etc. are far more engaging and hence a WC every 4 years is fine too.

  • Stark62 on June 30, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    The world T20 should be played every 2 years!!

    The icc are making a huge mistake by increasing the number of years the world T20 is played, dropping the CT and introducing the Test championship.

    Who's going to watch a 4 team championship (except the nations involved)?!?!

    The administrators refer to the death of Test cricket because of ODI's and T20's but I'm sorry to say, that the so called "weaker" nations aren't playing enough Tests and are not able to develop their skills, hence there is no interest from the players or the fans for that particular format.

  • yorkslanka on June 30, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Seems a bit silly to me as the home conditions will always suit the home team. Why not use the results from existing test series and then amalgamate these to produce a league ranking as is done now. Te top two teams will. Naturally play each other over the course of the FTP. I do like the idea of a minimum number of tests to be played by every country though. As for champions trophy, I am sad to see it go as liked the tournament and feel that things like the champions league should make make for it and have the T20 cup every four years.

  • Lees_Legends on June 30, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    2023 World Cup in India?? I thought it would have been South Africa's turn

  • g.narsimha on June 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    AFTABKHAN- U r 100% correct- it is right time the cricketing world particularly BCCI support PAK cricket we are deprived of most fierced& compatative cricket while IND -PAK encounters produce -PAK must convince the ICC & ATLEAST SUBCONTINANTA LBOARDS of sefty&sdcurity of touring teams - PAK fans are deprived of INTERNATIONAL CRICKET AT HOME - as it is visibly affecting PAK cricket teams performance as young talent is missing - we are also missing our PAK- brothers in IPL-BCCI must do some thing positive in this direction-

  • nikhil_tawde on June 30, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Good to see that the world t20 will be played once every four years and not once every couple of years.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 30, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Let me get this straight: the weather here in U.K. is seldom good enough for one day of cricket, but now they expect to be able to play 5 days on the trot? Seriously? I hope they get ready 'reserve weeks', never mind 'reserve days'...

  • on June 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    How rubbish...ICC gives window of 2 months for lucrative IPL & 15 days for club based Champions League. But unable to find window for International Tournament of Champions Trophy...So finally its time to call RIP Champions Trophy...

  • Hammond on June 30, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    What cricket followers in the sub-continent don't realise is that if test match cricket dies cricket will become a marginal sport in places like England and Australia. Does the BCCI really want to see cricket slowly dying in these countries? This is great news for the sport- test matches should mean something and this should be the premier event in the cricketing calendar (behind the ashes of course)..

  • on June 30, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    In my opinion Venue for Test Championship should be a neutral venue for all the Top 4 Teams.It should not be predecided as ICC did for 2017 and 2021. so that none of the Top 4 teams having a thing like "HOME ADVANTAGE".

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on June 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    This is not good Champions Trophy no more and also T20 World Cup every 2 years? England and India are the only suitable venues for Test Championship I guess but ICC can't kill other Championships.

  • Charlie_Chapatti on June 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Holding a test tournament in one country has to be one of the most dumbest ideas to come out of the ICC. Just hold a 'league table' type tournament with a 3 test series being played at home and away against other teams. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw. Teams should include England, India, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa and 2 additional minor teams such as Zimbabwe and Ireland to make 10 teams. One season should cover 2 years with each team playing a total of 18 series and the bottom two teams to be relegated and replaced with 2 other qualifying teams. A well formatted league would generate alot of interest in test cricket.

  • on June 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    I thought the FTP mandated that everyone play a minimum of two games each, home and away, against every opponent, over a five year period? That would make 36 tests in five years, so reducing it to four tests a years is a big step backwards, or perhaps just recognition of the fact that so many test matches for the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is just not viable.. This may also help smooth the way for a nation like Ireland in time to come too. Countries that can and will play test cricket can still do so, so perhaps this is the best way forward for all involved.

    @Jaga2011, The ICC does have to rebalance things a little and as you say the international game is what brings people in. For me the test championship does both, in any case it will presumably only last three weeks with the top four ranked teams playing semi finals followed by a final.

  • on June 30, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I do not get it. They still want to continue having bilateral test series while having a test championship every year. Ideally, all tests should be part of a test championship, a sort of a biennial league played over 2 years. Each team plays 9 home tests and 9 away tests and the points are counted towards a championship at the end of two years. The bottom team gets relegated and loses its test status for the next two years, while the top team in the ICC Intercontinental Cup moves up.

    All iconic series like The Ashes, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Frank Worell etc. can also coexist as a part of this Test Championship League. Normally there are 10 Ashes Tests over a 4 year period. This championship can have 8 tests, not much of a difference and keeps the home boards happy as well.

    Similarly, an ODI league can also be thought of. The bottomline is - meaningless bilateral series have got to go and all intl matches should count to something.

  • on June 30, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    i think this is absolute not fair with Pakistan, at least ICC must have given some tournament even after 5+ years. This will definitely ruin the cricket grounds of Pakistan. 2ndly ICC Champios Trophy in England was a big HIT, yet I dont know any reason to ending such a good tournament.

  • ARad on June 30, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Good riddance Champions Trophy! If ICC needs more money, holding a short and sweet T20I World tournament every two years would be the way to go.

  • GhummanFC on June 30, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    ICC Test Championship should involve the top 8 sides split into 2 groups. It is feared that ICC will invite the top 4 ranked sides provided India, England & Australia qualify. To avoid this the tournament should be held simultaneously in two host countries (with the same cricketing season ) i.e. South Africa & Australia each hosting a group. The championship could take place from Nov to Feb with 7 matches played on knockout basis. Also ICC should not overlook NewZealand as a venue for ICC events such as the World T20 championships, it's sad to see monopolies ruining cricket.

  • on June 30, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Test championship is really a bad idea from ICC ..we all know home conditions are biggest benefit...so if India gonna host test championship they will win every single match but if TC is held is Australia OR South Africa same Indian team will lose every match...Same goes for all other teams too...Besides TC will only comprise teams like India Australia South Africa and England ( not even Pakistan and Sri Lanka because they didn't get enough matches as did these 4 teams to get to top four..)..Really pathetic from ICC....

  • on June 30, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Makes total sense from any angle you try to view it.

  • on June 30, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    ICC gives their events all over the world but no event gives to PAKISTAN in 10 years.....! even no Qualifier event what is this policy against PAKISTAN , is it batter for cricket or PAKISTAN after 2003 incident Circumstances is changed and now batter than before , in this Circumstances ICC & whole cricketing world should support PAKISTAN PAKISTAN always gives support in past like 1996 world cup when AUSTRALIA & WEST INDIES don't play in SRI LANKA but PAKISTAN send team with INDIA and play a match there and when people damadge feroz shah kotla delhi picth and lot of Threat to play in INDIA but PAKISTAN always play every where just for peace & love so be a PAKISTANI i requested ICC & whole cricketing nations please don't leave alone at this time should 100% support PAKSITAN for peoples of PAKISTAN & cricket

  • heathrf1974 on June 30, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    That does not sounds right with the minimum number of tests over 4 years. Maybe they mean test series which would be a correct number. I don't know about a test championship. I think the current ranking system is fine as it is over a few years and continents and not a few months and one continent.

  • landofcricket on June 30, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    icc thinks that major ckt viewers are in subcontinent .time zone of aus/nz/wi is not suitable for hosting icc tournament.time zone of eng/sa is ok..this must be big reason...no doubt that aus has best statuims ..so fans from aus/nz no need to get upset from this.u r gonna host 2015 WC..

  • Jaga2011 on June 30, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    The World Test Championship is not a great idea. ICC, Please move with the times and abandon such quixotic ideas.

    Number 1:The focus of the ICC should be on taking cricket to more countries who deserve to play international, and not keep the game within the old boy's club. The most appealing part of cricket which draws in the crowds and brings in the appeal is that - The international game comes first and club games secondary.

    So, what I want to to see is countries like Ireland and Afghanistan being given enough ODI and T20 opportunities against leading teams. In fact, a process can be put in place where the top 3 Associates teams have to get enough ODI and T20 opportunities every year.

    Number 2: Please don't have any boring ilateral ODI series, All ODI matches must be played only in tournaments, Atleast triangular.

  • on June 30, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I think ICC should change T-20 with T-25, which will be more exiting so each bowler can bowl four over and batsman can get few more overs to show their skills. Comparing with one day game players do not get enough time to show their skills.

  • gsamiru on June 30, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Seems to be quite decent decisions, only question mark remains on the way the TC is going to be held. As now, if it is a contest between the first four ranked nations then TC will be filled with SA,ENG,AUS and one other from remaining Five for ever. For 2017 TC it's going to be SA,ENG,AUS and IND without any doubt since other teams are far behind than these four. On the other hand Test matches are highly dependent on the conditions of the ground and the country hosting the TC has a huge amount of home advantage. This is going to be unfair for the other three teams badly, making Champions the Hosting Nation. So ICC needs to work on make the series more fair for all the cricketing nations, specially to improve the test cricket in lower raked nations.

  • on June 30, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    2023 world will only host by INDIA?or some matches will be play in Bangladesh,Srilanka,Pakistan too?

  • on June 30, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    so...guess what. india will be the champions again in all the 3 formats!!!!!

  • lakshitha.jayakody on June 30, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Little sad that championship trophy has been officially discontinued forever. However some fairly good decisions by ICC. Especially making T20 world cup to be played every 04 year. I think current global cricket schedule is overcrowded with too many T20 matches & championships. Furthermore if they can incorporate 'Round Robin' method for all global tournaments, it'll be brilliant. In this way every team will play with each other and this will make the tournament highly competitive, entertaining and besides, the champion can be described as the true champion!!!

  • Sukruti on June 30, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Now we see India be figured prominently (3 times in next 7 years from 2016 onwards) in ICC tournaments. ICC is clever enough to host in India for huge inflow of the revenues, good for ICC and good for India veiwers as well. However, there is one menace looming large over India as a dark cloud, that is MATCH FIXING. ICC and BCCI should take sternest steps in the coming years to take full control of the situation and the defaulters should be punished in a such a way that the others should get frightened to even think of it. Because, the fans after following the games so closely with full of spirit and emotions overflowing, then they would be betrayed if they come to know that the match is fixed. So, ASIAN countries are always good sources of revenues but there is always a room for side-kicks. I am an Indian but to be honest and prudent this is what I feel.

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    hang on , hello...,it means only 4 tests for a year

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    England and india are top teams in cricket right now whereas aus is hardly competing these days.moreover aus have other priorities in sports.also talent pool is finished in aus with future looking gloomy. thats why aus was ignored by icc in arranging cricket there

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    test cricket is on last leg now.it will die with time.england tests will favour england as we have seen in past how their curators prepare green tops to suit their bowling which is exposed on flat tracks.also t20 are the future of cricket

  • crick_wizard on June 30, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @happy_ausbang..I agree with you..I have myself pondered this many times..if we look at it, Australia / New Zealand did not get a single ICC tournament since the 1992 World Cup..that's more than 20 years ago and it's shocking!!! the only reason I can think of is the time zone..day matches in Aus start early in the morning in India and D/N matches start at the beginning of the work day..both not lucrative TV slots at all..

  • TESTnT20 on June 30, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Happy to see the 'Test Championship', Sad to not see 'Champions Trophy', 4 year interval in World T20 is good idea (Are they going to a bid in Olympic, that would be better!). But I am afraid this package will significantly reduce the income of ICC from broadcasting rights which will ultimately affect the funding of associates and affiliates as 'Super Powers' would never accept any reduction in their respective share of pie! I would like to see the package as - 1. ICC World Cup - 12 Nations (10 Full Members, 2 Associates) in every 4 years, 2019, 2023 2. ICC World T20 - 16 Nations (10 Full Members, 6 Associates) in every 4 years, 2016, 2020 3. ICC Champions Trophy - 8 Nations (Top 8 ODI Team) in every 4 years, 2017, 2021 4. ICC Test Championship - 4 Nations (Top 4 Test Team) in every 4 years, 2018, 2022 Every year one premium ICC event, yet no clash among them! And 10 Premium events in 10 years would be fur more attractive package for fans and ..... commercially off course!!!

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    I agree with Abhijit Biswas.....the 2 test crap must be discarded. 16 test matches in 4 years sounds awful. England, India & Australia plays ave 12-14 test matches every year...r they going to reduce it?? I do not think so..giving chance to Ban & Zim for just 4-5 test yearly is nothing but joking with these countries' pride.

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    I am happy and disappointed at same time. Here is why I am Happy: First having Test championship is brilliant, It makes sense of having a championship for each format. Championship every four years for the three formats makes complete sense. Reducing T20 world cup makes sense. I hope ICC tries to balance out the three formats. I know today generation likes shorter format, but to confirm, if top countries play test match, the countries get so much support. such as AUS-ENG, IND-PAK, IND-AUS, IND-ENG, RSA-AUS, RSA-ENG, even for WIN, SRL, NWZ. I am todays generation, watching todays young player playing test matches make me feel happy.

    I am Disappointed with taking out Championship trophy. I agree with @ScoobyRaj, In 2015-ODI World Cup, 2016-T20 World Cup, 2017-Test Championship, 2018- Championship Trophy. Having a championship every year will be beneficial for the future of cricket.

    In addition, ICC needs to make a case to have the test playing countries play equal amount of test.

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @Bart Sherbon

    That's not true at all. A lot of the stadiums here were upgraded for the 2013 world cup so there are enough world class stadiums here.

  • anur8g on June 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    2023 world cup again in India, this is ridiculous decision by ICC.there should be some "FAIR" bidding process in ICC like football and Olympics.

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Why in the world does England get to host the first World Test Championship when they already hosted this year's Champions Trophy which is now being replaced by the Test Championship? That's like allowing the same country to host 2 consecutive editions of the world cup(which England already did in 1975 and 1979). It seems the ICC is clearly biased in favor of England considering how they have already hosted more ODI world cups and ICC tournaments overall than anyone else. Playing at home is a significant advantage for any team in test cricket, not so much in ODI's and T20 so I don't think this tournament should be hosted by a single country, it should be played in different countries in different conditions in order to be a true test championship in my eyes.

  • old_chap on June 30, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    those are some of the best decisions taken by icc ever... should be well appreciated..hail test cricket....

  • on June 30, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Home conditions are going to influence the results. England will win the first edition and guess who the next edition when played in India. Do we need such a cumbersome exercise to decide the winner? But it will be interesting to see who is the runner-up and that team will be the true champion.

  • sathishan.k on June 30, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    what a good news by ICC as cricket fan i love to see test cricket more then one day or t20 bcz the real ability of the players will be declered by tests so plz arange more and more test cricket i love test cricket

  • kensohatter on June 30, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    I am not a fan of 20/20 cricket but this schedule seems to make sense if all three formats are to be retained. The chamions trophy just held no relevance as the world cup was the pinnacle of the one day game. Looking forward to a test championship which is well overdue.

  • derpherp on June 30, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @Sol09 You are proof that age doesn't equal wisdom. EVERY person who is brought up on cricket is brought up on test cricket. T20's main goal is to simply produce short, fast and easily consumable entertainment (like a top 40 pop song) to people as well as introduce the game to non-cricket follows, such as yourself. The day test cricket "dies" is the day cricket dies. Which (hopefully) will be never happen.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 30, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Good move. But how will a test championship work? Knockouts? Top 4 qualify then semi finals and a final?

  • Narbavi on June 30, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    can still have the champions trophy in 2018, why not have a major icc tournament every year? its a good move to have the world t20 once in every four years rather than once in every two years which was ridiculous in my opinion!!

  • agam99 on June 30, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    India with its cricket crazy fans truly deserves to hold T20 WC(2016), ODI WC (2023) & Test Championship (2021) all alone so well done ICC......

    @Manu 131..No. India will host it all alone unlike 2011 WC

  • nuekboi on June 30, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Wish SA or Windies, maybe SL were hosting some tourneys. Maybe even have the T20 WC in associate nations to promote the game there

  • CrICkeeet on June 30, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    2016, 2021, 2023.. T20, ODI, TEST world cup All r in india.... ICC, lets declair that INDIA will arrange all d global tournaments...

  • Happy_AusBang on June 30, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Looks like it is all about money, because India and England are likely to generate most money. In terms of structure and organisation, Australia would easily be best as the stadiums here are the best in the world. Also, sports in general and cricket in particular is very well organised, again probably the best in the world with New Zealand not far behind. It is a shame that is aspect did not seem to weigh at all in ICC's decision to allocate the games to different countries.

  • RC-XI on June 30, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Who in the world has time to watch. Icc's decision doesn't make any sense. I am stopping to watch any form of cricket now. If anyone agrees, just post a comment Saying that 'I will ageee'

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on June 30, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    we could not get anything possitive from twenty -20 cricket.......because it does fit between Test and ODI cricket.......Because when we try to make everyone happy,,,,no one get it...? so ICC should plan to arrange more Tri series or Four nations Series......then one nation goes for over seas tour the team usally play some twenty-20 matches ...that is enough....

  • ScoobyRaj on June 30, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    It would have been better, had ICC kept the Champions Trophy after the 3 championships. Starting from 2018 it could have been played every 4 years so that there is a world championship every year. eg World Cup in 2015, World T20 in 2016, Test Championship in 2017 & Champions Trophy in 2018. It would have been great for the game.

  • Manu_reddy on June 30, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    @Xahir:2023 world cup is staged to play in indian subcontinent it means matches ll b played in india as well as in ban,sl,pak(if d position is normal)....

  • Sol09 on June 30, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    There is nothing sacred about test cricket. Those people who love it were brought up with it. That is all. Today's youngsters are being brought up with the shorter forms of the game - especially T20. Test cricket, which can last up to 5 days, and still end in a draw, will be too boring for the current, and future, generations of youngsters who like to see things happen quickly. When the present generation of test lovers (mainly, but not exclusively, older people) die out, test cricket will slowly go with them. Even Chris Gayle has said that he would not mind seeing the end of test cricket; Adam Gilchrist said that the IPL has changed the future of cricket. I agree with him. As several commentators have rightly said that T20 is the game that kids take their parents/grandparents to, whilst test cricket is the reverse. So, when the 'seniors' in the ICC die out, many of the current decisions will be reversed in favour of shorter forms of the game. By the way, I'm 71 and love T20.

  • I-Like-Cricket on June 30, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    I can't understand why the first Test Championship is in England. They just hosted the Champions Trophy and they have the WC soon enough. Quite ridiculous IMO

  • on June 30, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    i really think that the icc can look into the test schedule of all countries....one home series and one away series... why is it so difficult to work things out?have two teams come over for a three test series and visit one country for another three test series...scrap the two tests things...even if it is against Zimbabwe or Bangadesh

  • RobTay14 on June 30, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    I'm happy to hear this. But ICC have to make sure all test nations are playing the same amount of matches. That means Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies playing three/five match series for every three/five match series England, Australia, India get. Otherwise it's not fair. It's like them getting twice as much time in the nets before a match.

  • AvmanM on June 30, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Good moves. People are criticizing the Test championship prematurely. They haven't finalized the format yet, and limiting it to the top teams make sense if that is what is in store. Also, problems can be ironed out after the first one or two iterations. Also good to see the T20 WC being reduced to once every 4 years, the 50-over WC continuing, and the minimum Test match requirement.

  • on June 30, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    England and India are the big winners in terms of hosting tournaments. Most of India's stadiums are not up to world standards. Would be nice if BCCI spent more revenue on the infrastructure in the grounds to make them more spectator friendly.

    Australia easily has the best stadiums in the world for cricket yet it seems the timezone does not make it TV friendly. Either that or ICC is being dominated by the ECB and BCCI.

  • DingDong420 on June 30, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Test Championship in Uk will be rain affected, what is the point?

  • pinhead9810 on June 30, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Great decision to have pinnacle tournaments every four years for the three formats. I don't like the idea of relegation, as one of the poster's stated below, that in my opinion, will devalue cricket. I also think two ranking tables should be implemented - the regular 8 fighting for top position in each format; and teams such as Zimbabwe, Ireland, Bangladesh and etc., fighting for top position in each format in a different league from the regular 8. This may help these teams struggling to play test matches regularly, play more often with each other.

  • on June 30, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    My thoughts all test nations play each other twice 1 away 1 home in 4 year period. 8 test playing nations different weighted scores depending on position on ladder eg 2nd vs 7th a normal win would mean little points scored an outright win more weighted and therefore difficult to move up to 1st place. this would then mean that top teams push for outright wins, the general play of 4th vs 5th which generally even tho can be sloppy cricket usually is close series. a 5 day played draw for say WEST INDIES vs south africa would most likely give enough points for say a SA win against WI eg when NZ played Aus in Aus and came out 1-1all NZ would gain more points than Aus did as lower ranked. THis format allows for attacking test cricket rather than the non-push for a win in dead rubber situations we see today. Would hosts ask for a 'road' test strip in dead rubbers?? just my thoughts even tho draws in tests appear to be getting less n less these days there still alot of the time 'boring

  • on June 30, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    A Test championship is a great initiative. But I keep hearing that there is too much cricket being played. Actually I believe the opposite. There should be more cricket played - and more player rotations between the formats. The world is better when cricket is playing.

  • Timmuh on June 30, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    The Test Championship should be great, but the way it is set up is a total failure. And there seems to be no reprieve for Associate and Affiliate nations regarding the World Cup. The one chance those nations had of getting exposure is certain to be removed. The only good decisions were to scrap the CT, and to upgrade Afghanistan from affiliate to associate. In every other way, the ICC has again failed dismally. Sixteen Tests in four year is very few, and does not guarantee that Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will get to play against a rage of opponents - they might stuck playing all 16 among themselves with the way Australia, India and South Africa treat them.

  • on June 29, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    So is there a 2018 World T20?

  • on June 29, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Again they have not learnt holding a tournament in England. Just ensure it is held after July but before end of August.

  • RandyOZ on June 29, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Really like the idea of a minimum of 16 tests, great idea. Wish Ireland got full status and removed Bangladesh though.

  • on June 29, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    This decision of ICC is not a good one i believe because we have to wait every 4 years to see the real cricket competition in each of the tournaments. And mean while it will be some real boring cricket tours like india playing srilanka, india playing zimbabwe, some meaning less triangular series and all ( intention-only Limited overs cricket). I feel there should be more than one world tournament on a regular basis (once in 2 years).This also makes the teams to stay up to the mark and the teams will not be complacent We get more teams that give a tough fight. So I feel still there should be a T20 world cup once in 2 years and a champions trophy 2 years after a world cup and 2 years before the next world cup. Test championship i do not know how is it going to come out. But the bilateral test series will never be a meaning less one provided some very good teams are playing like the Ashes,India-Pakistan even Ind-SL ,Ind-Aus in Aus . I feel there is no need for championship .

  • on June 29, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    All I got to say is that associate nations would have benefited if the wt20 took place every 2 years instead of 4. ICC has only done this to accommodate IPL like t20 leagues.

  • on June 29, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Why Women world T20 in 2018 and 2022 is not given to either India or England. ICC is their body, other countries have no right to host any ICC tournament.

  • on June 29, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Dont hold world cup in England, the rain will ruin the tournament

  • on June 29, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Ok, now all these world cups will be played only in England, No Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Zimbabwe in next 10 years.. Fantastic ! ICC being quite unfair ! For the larger interest of the game, is England really a right location, from the weather standpoint, for such global tournaments?

  • brittop on June 29, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Guess I'm old fashioned - can't see the point of a test championship. Presumably they're going to be one off tests in one country. Not sure what that shows. Are they going to be timeless tests (what will the TV companies think of that?) or will the team currently higher in the rankings prevail in a draw?

  • on June 29, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I agree with World Test Championships, but it should not be played in one country alone. We can have 4 Test Matches happening in venues in 4 different countries simultaneously, and then after 15-20 days, this can be repeated again with countries and venues changing. The Semi-finals and Final can be at neutral venues. This would take approx 3 - 4 months to complete. It is similar to Davis Cup in Tennis, where one country hosts the other, and it is held simultaneously worldwide for 3 days each, and continues after some time, etc.

  • class9ryan on June 29, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    There is a fair gap between these World tournaments like the WC 2011 in Feb-March and T20 WC 2012 in September. That can keep fans interested. It will be better if few of the associate teams may play with test playing nations in either format - ODIs or T20s.

  • VVSR92 on June 29, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    No point in having test championship if its just a 3 game knock out tournament . Shifting t20 wc 2 every 4 years would have been a good move only if it was to play a league stage type test championship else why kill a tournament that is sucesful evry 2years & generates a lot of revenue over a period of 2 weeks?

    common icc 2017 is still a long way away to change the format..hope some one brings about a change &c cricket fans should benifit out of these decisions taken .

  • on June 29, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    I do not get it. They still want to continue having bilateral test series while having a test championship every year. Ideally, all tests should be part of a test championship, a sort of a biennial league played over 2 years. Each team plays 9 home tests and 9 away tests and the points are counted towards a championship at the end of two years. The bottom team gets relegated and loses its test status for the next two years, while the top team in the ICC Intercontinental Cup moves up.

    All iconic series like The Ashes, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Frank Worell etc. can also coexist as a part of this Test Championship League. Normally there are 10 Ashes Tests over a 4 year period. This championship can have 8 tests, not much of a difference and keeps the home boards happy as well.

    Similarly, an ODI league can also be thought of. The bottomline is - meaningless bilateral series have got to go and all intl matches should count to something.

  • crkt4evr on June 29, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    very happy to see these very good decisions! tests championship is a great move but rules and format will determine its success happy to c t20 wc being held every 4 yrs

  • on June 29, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    This is good for cricket.. otherwise it will become boring with too many regular world encounters. World Cups should be in every four years time and its the standard that world is following for all the other major sport events. And also from players perspective, it will give them limited opertunity to grab a world title. Which will eventually leads to improve the competition and the passion of the cricket world cups.

  • TESTnT20 on June 29, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Happy to see the 'Test Championship', Sad to not see 'Champions Trophy', 4 year interval in World T20 is good idea (Are they going to a bid in Olympic, that would be better!). But I am afraid this package will significantly reduce the income of ICC from broadcasting rights which will ultimately affect the funding of associates and affiliates as 'Super Powers' would never accept any reduction in their respective share of pie! I would like to see the package as below - 1. ICC World Cup - 12 Nations (10 Full Members, 2 Associates) in every 4 years, 2019, 2023 2. ICC World T20 - 16 Nations (10 Full Members, 6 Associates) in every 4 years, 2016, 2020 3. ICC Champions Trophy 8 Nations (Top 8 ODI Team) in every 4 years, 2017, 2021 4. ICC Test Championship - 4 Nations (Top 4 Test Team) in every 4 years, 2018, 2022 Every year one premium ICC event, yet no clash among them! And 10 Premium events in 10 years would be fur more attractive package for fans and ..... commercially offcourse!!!

  • Kapil_Choudhary on June 29, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    A few questions for ICC and Cricinfo - (1) Are India the sole hosts for various events from 2016-2023 or will those events be shared with SL and Bang (and possibly even Pak even int'l cricket ever resumes there????? (2) What exactly is the point of this stupid 16-test minimum rule? Which team (other than Zim whose test status itself has been in limbo, and no ICC minimum test ruling is going to change that) have ever played less than 16 tests in 4 years in recent times. As far as I know, even Bang has never played fewer than 16 tests in a 4-yr cycle since their entry into Test cricket. It also means an average of just 2 tests against every opposition...A proper rule would have been something like a minimum of at least 24 tests, and ideally somewhere around 30. (3) What exactly is the point of delinking the Men's and Women's T20 world cups? I thought that was one ICC experiment which was actually, you know, working...

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Right said Agam... staging Twenty20 world Cup after the interval of just two years was really devaluing that... but Champions Trophy should've been continued

  • Xahir on June 29, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Ok, now the world cup will be played only in India, No Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, NZ, West Indies, South Africa or Zimbabwe in next 10 years.. Fantastic ! ICC being quite unfair !

  • anupkeni on June 29, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Will the 2023 World Cup be held entirely in India or will it be held jointly with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and possibly Pakistan like the 2011 World Cup?

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Now a days Test matches too are getting finished in 3 days of time. So, it won't be a big boost for Test cricket. What ever it is good move and hope World Test Championship would be interesting.

  • jackthelad on June 29, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Four Tests a year as a minimum qualification is reasonable - I'd have liked to have seen it somewhat higher, but teams like Zimbabwe might struggle even to get four (simply because they aren't a box-office draw) - which would be a shame. It looks like the ICC are also trying to address disgusting decisions like Sri Lanka's cancelling of a Test Tour because they thought they could make more money out of their fatuous domestic T20 competition - if so, this can only be good for Cricket. Money and professional cricket have to go hand in hand, there's no getting away from that, but the game should always have the upper hand.

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Only 16 tests in four years .. its too low for a TEST MATCH fan like me ...... disappointed ...

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think the interval is too much, ICC should re-think over the decision of intervals after each format's tournament!

  • agam99 on June 29, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Gr8 decision by keeping T20 WC once in 4 years instead of 2. It was becoming kind of a joke with an interval of just couple of years.

  • agam99 on June 29, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Gr8 decision by keeping T20 WC once in 4 years instead of 2. It was becoming kind of a joke with an interval of just couple of years.

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think the interval is too much, ICC should re-think over the decision of intervals after each format's tournament!

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Only 16 tests in four years .. its too low for a TEST MATCH fan like me ...... disappointed ...

  • jackthelad on June 29, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Four Tests a year as a minimum qualification is reasonable - I'd have liked to have seen it somewhat higher, but teams like Zimbabwe might struggle even to get four (simply because they aren't a box-office draw) - which would be a shame. It looks like the ICC are also trying to address disgusting decisions like Sri Lanka's cancelling of a Test Tour because they thought they could make more money out of their fatuous domestic T20 competition - if so, this can only be good for Cricket. Money and professional cricket have to go hand in hand, there's no getting away from that, but the game should always have the upper hand.

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Now a days Test matches too are getting finished in 3 days of time. So, it won't be a big boost for Test cricket. What ever it is good move and hope World Test Championship would be interesting.

  • anupkeni on June 29, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Will the 2023 World Cup be held entirely in India or will it be held jointly with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and possibly Pakistan like the 2011 World Cup?

  • Xahir on June 29, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Ok, now the world cup will be played only in India, No Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, NZ, West Indies, South Africa or Zimbabwe in next 10 years.. Fantastic ! ICC being quite unfair !

  • on June 29, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Right said Agam... staging Twenty20 world Cup after the interval of just two years was really devaluing that... but Champions Trophy should've been continued

  • Kapil_Choudhary on June 29, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    A few questions for ICC and Cricinfo - (1) Are India the sole hosts for various events from 2016-2023 or will those events be shared with SL and Bang (and possibly even Pak even int'l cricket ever resumes there????? (2) What exactly is the point of this stupid 16-test minimum rule? Which team (other than Zim whose test status itself has been in limbo, and no ICC minimum test ruling is going to change that) have ever played less than 16 tests in 4 years in recent times. As far as I know, even Bang has never played fewer than 16 tests in a 4-yr cycle since their entry into Test cricket. It also means an average of just 2 tests against every opposition...A proper rule would have been something like a minimum of at least 24 tests, and ideally somewhere around 30. (3) What exactly is the point of delinking the Men's and Women's T20 world cups? I thought that was one ICC experiment which was actually, you know, working...

  • TESTnT20 on June 29, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Happy to see the 'Test Championship', Sad to not see 'Champions Trophy', 4 year interval in World T20 is good idea (Are they going to a bid in Olympic, that would be better!). But I am afraid this package will significantly reduce the income of ICC from broadcasting rights which will ultimately affect the funding of associates and affiliates as 'Super Powers' would never accept any reduction in their respective share of pie! I would like to see the package as below - 1. ICC World Cup - 12 Nations (10 Full Members, 2 Associates) in every 4 years, 2019, 2023 2. ICC World T20 - 16 Nations (10 Full Members, 6 Associates) in every 4 years, 2016, 2020 3. ICC Champions Trophy 8 Nations (Top 8 ODI Team) in every 4 years, 2017, 2021 4. ICC Test Championship - 4 Nations (Top 4 Test Team) in every 4 years, 2018, 2022 Every year one premium ICC event, yet no clash among them! And 10 Premium events in 10 years would be fur more attractive package for fans and ..... commercially offcourse!!!