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A revamp of calendar and constitution

A look at the major decisions taken at the ICC's meetings in Dubai.

  • A radical shake-up of cricket's calendar was proposed to provide more context to all three formats. This includes a two-year Test league, a 13-team ODI league, and a regional qualification process for the World T20, which could be ushered in from 2019.

  • In principle, a revamped revenue-distribution model was approved that undoes some of the imbalance in finances brought about by the Big Three changes of 2014.

  • Playing conditions for the upcoming Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup were approved. There could be a Super Over for the first time in ODIs as it will be used in case of a tie in semi-finals or finals of the tournaments.

  • The Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) agreed to a consistent use of DRS in all international cricket (the implementation plan will be approved in June), and to use the review system in World T20 matches going ahead (one review per side). All televised games at the Women's World Cup to also have DRS.

  • Afghanistan's Ahmad Shah Abdali Regional Four-Day Tournament was awarded first-class status, and their Shpageeza T20 League was awarded List A status.

  • The CEC authorised the ICC management to work on amending the Anti-Corruption Code to allow the use of cell-phone data extraction equipment.

  • The CEC agreed to introduce a system of demerit points for poorly-rated pitches and grounds. If a venue accumulates five demerit points (each point will remain active for five years once received), the venue will receive a 12-month suspension. Ten points will force a 24-month suspension.

  • The Women's World T20 2020 will run from February 21 to March 8 in Australia.

  • An ICC Medical Advisory Committee will be established, to "consider and advise on sports medicine and sports science issues".