ICC news June 29, 2013

Test Championship to replace Champions Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.