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    New international Test and ODI leagues agreed in principle by ICC members

    The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years – three home and three away, while the ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship.

    Nine-team Test league and 13-team ODI league aims to bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket

    ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar: “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on”
    ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket”

    The ICC Board today gave the green light to a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket. The schedules of the leagues, due to start in 2019 and 2020 respectively, will now be finalised.

    The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years – three home and three away – with each having a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five and all matches being played over five days culminating in a World Test League Championship Final.

    The ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship. In the first edition of the league, each side will play four home and four away series each comprising of three ODIs moving to all teams playing each other from the second cycle onwards.

    ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first. Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.

    “This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup.”

    ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the Members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game.

    “The ICC Board decision today means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms.”

    The ICC Board approved a trial of four-day Tests matches to run through until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Members will be able to schedule four-day games by bilateral agreement and a set of standardised playing conditions will now be finalised.

    David Richardson said: “Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format.

    “However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by Members.

    “Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams.”

    A number of decisions around event hosts were taken by the ICC Board in Auckland. The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will be held in Zimbabwe in March 2018.

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

    The process for the appointment of the ICC female independent director was confirmed and the recruitment will get underway in the coming week.

    The Board approved a revised draft of Player Eligibility Regulations which will come into effect in due course. The key changes include:

    Eligibility on the basis of nationality (residency) has changed to the player needing to reside in country for a three-year period in both the men’s and women’s games. Eligibility on the basis of nationality (passport and birth) remains unchanged.

    Once a player has qualified to represent a country and has represented that country, he/she shall be considered eligible to play for that country forever more, without having to demonstrate satisfaction of the nationality eligibility criteria at subsequent events or matches.

    The stand out periods which apply when a player seeks to transfer and play for a second country have been amended to a flat three-year period regardless of membership status and gender.

    Given the change to the residency criteria, any player who has qualified for and represented a country in the three-year period leading up to the effective date of the new Regulations, will be deemed to be eligible for that country moving forward, and will not have to demonstrate satisfaction of the new residency criteria.

    Gender Recognition Policy and U19 Age Determination Policy incorporated into Player Eligibility Regulations and one universal disciplinary process will apply to all eligibility matters.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/490161

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    So Afg, Ire & Zim not in the Test League?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    So Afg, Ire & Zim not in the Test League?
    Nope, not in the first 2 year cycle.

    This means they will/should play each other a lot in that period plus the odd 1 off test against bigger nations. Not the worst idea for an introduction/re-introduction to Test cricket imo. If they make the most of it, they can come out of that 2 year period with experience in a pretty wide range of pitches and styles & circumstances given one is African, one will be playing in UAE I guess (unless Afghanistan has another "home", I'm sure England would host for them, Oz would likely offer them Cairns or Darwin to play at but I;m not sure we have a big Afghani population) and one in seaming, slow tracks a bit like NZ (my impression of Ireland, not watched much cricket there).

    Realistically I think they will be pushed out of the 2nd 2 year cycle as well and maybe come in after that or if there is a move then toward 2 Tier Test cricket or similar.

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    Will India Pakistan series now has to happen? or will there be forfeits etc if India refuses to play?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Will India Pakistan series now has to happen? or will there be forfeits etc if India refuses to play?
    There is no compulsion for all teams to play each other. Just a requirement to play 6 series over the course of 2 years, with 3 at home, 3 away.

    Boards are still free to arrange their own fixtures with whomsoever they choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahid87 View Post
    There is no compulsion for all teams to play each other. Just a requirement to play 6 series over the course of 2 years, with 3 at home, 3 away.

    Boards are still free to arrange their own fixtures with whomsoever they choose.
    so we can choose whichever team we like and play them 6 times! OK.

    ICC doing what it does best.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    so we can choose whichever team we like and play them 6 times! OK.

    ICC doing what it does best.
    To be fair its better to start with something and work on later.

    Its easier to argue in two years time that an established test league should be expanded than not have a league and argue the same thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    so we can choose whichever team we like and play them 6 times! OK.

    ICC doing what it does best.
    India would defo make to finals with home series vs Aus , Eng, Nz and away series with Sl , WI and Bd, Thank you ICC


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    Very difficult to manage such a thing when you take into consideration that playing with and beating higher ranked teams gives you more points. A lot of thought has to go in to make the schedules just for every team. The dynamic nature of rankings makes it more difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeshan547 View Post
    India would defo make to finals with home series vs Aus , Eng, Nz and away series with Sl , WI and Bd, Thank you ICC

    Pakistan is free to do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    so we can choose whichever team we like and play them 6 times! OK.

    ICC doing what it does best.
    I think you have to choose 3 different teams.The details ars not out yet.

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    Not perfect but a huggeee step forward for the game, great to see.


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    Good day for cricket, I've been calling for a Test and ODI League for some time as endless, meaningless bilateral series are killing the game. Most casual fans do not understand the convoluted ranking system but a League will ensure every series will have something riding on its outcome.

    I'd prefer a Premier League style championship where every plays each other home and away, but this is the next best thing and more rooted in reality due to the scheduling constraints of international cricket and sidesteps the thorny Pakistan-India issue.

    At least everyone will play the same amount of series in a two year period, an equal number of home and away series and hopefully the ICC will ensure the same number of points are gained for a series win regardless of its length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    I think you have to choose 3 different teams.The details ars not out yet.
    The ICC did release a draft schedule of the Test League back in May:


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    Don't care about India, this is just more nonsense where executives try and justify their salary by making changes for the sake of being seen to do something.

    Whole thing is full of so many holes that it's pointless.

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    India should forfeit the test with pakistan, after all its matter of pride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    I think you have to choose 3 different teams.The details ars not out yet.
    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    To be fair its better to start with something and work on later.

    Its easier to argue in two years time that an established test league should be expanded than not have a league and argue the same thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    so we can choose whichever team we like and play them 6 times! OK.

    ICC doing what it does best.
    What a ridiculous and meaningless league this is going to be.

    With only six series (3 home, 3 away) being required to be played by each time, although some teams can play more if they wished, it's the equivalent of the English Premier League being decided by only playing some, and not all, of the other teams in the league, and even then just home or away, but not necessarily home and away against the same opposition.

    And the most stupidest of all being that no mandatory requirement for any Man Utd v Liverpool, Chelsea v Arsenal, Arsenal v Spurs or Man Utd v Man City matches being played during the league season and counting towards the final league table points.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewarrior View Post
    India should forfeit the test with pakistan, after all its matter of pride.
    why should India forfeit when they are not required? The ICC took care of India's requirements by making India-Pakistan optional, maybe now Pakistan should have some pride and stop asking for matches with India.

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    Just have a simple 2 divisions of seven teams each "3 year season".

    * Each team plays 6 others, both home and away during the 3 year 'season', ie 12 series in 3 years, or 4 series per year, 2 home and 2 away. That's easily achievable if they're 2 match series.

    * 1 point for a drawn series and 3 points for a win.

    * The bottom team in division one relegated and the top team in division 2 promoted at the end of each 'season'.

    * Team placed 6th in division 1 and team placed 2nd in division two have a play-off for the other relegation/promotion place.

    * No exceptions regarding relegation from division 1, meaning every team (including India) can theoretically be relegated if they finished 7th in division one, or finished 6th in division one and lost the play-off against the team placed 2nd in division two.


    Team can still play 'friendlies' (eg Ashes) against whoever they want if they can find a slot for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddy View Post
    why should India forfeit when they are not required? The ICC took care of India's requirements by making India-Pakistan optional, maybe now Pakistan should have some pride and stop asking for matches with India.
    And that's why the method proposed is so ridiculous. A league table is meaningless unless every team plays every other, both home and away, during the 'season'. Read my post #18 above.


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    The fact of choosing opponent make the whole thing ridiculous. The opponents should be chosen by ICC for the time period (all 8 nations in 4years period) and then these would be meaningful. Not happy at all. Current proposal promoting big three to play only each twice in a year. Ridiculous.


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    Who playing 2 test series will gain less points than who playing 5 test series. What fairness is in that???!!!! All series should be 3 test series. Big three idea still working here to keep ind-aus or eng-aus or ind-eng 5+ test series. Ridiculous. ICC can never come out of big three formula.
    Last edited by Nil Dhumrojal; 13th October 2017 at 14:42.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nil Dhumrojal View Post
    Who playing 2 test series will gain less points than who playing 5 test series. What fairness is in that???!!!! All series should be 3 test series. Big three idea still working here to keep ind-aus or eng-aus or ind-eng 5+ test series. Ridiculous. ICC can never come out of big three formula.
    Who'd give you five tests, weather permitting you;d be blanked 5 zip in Aus, SA, Ind & possibly England as well. As for why the big 3 play more tests, because they make or bring money to the table, that;s why they can afford to do so, try having SL vs BD 5 test series anywhere in the world

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    And that's why the method proposed is so ridiculous. A league table is meaningless unless every team plays every other, both home and away, during the 'season'. Read my post #18 above.
    And how do you propose such league of yours passes through? Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have already made it clear that they will not participate if there is any relegation clause, do you propose to play your test league with only 5-6 countries then who will accept all your clauses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    so we can choose whichever team we like and play them 6 times! OK.

    ICC doing what it does best.
    To be fair and honest, this is pretty good by ICC standards. Remember in 2014 the Srini led revolution of ICC just enforced the stale old status quo...except BCCI stole all the money.

    Manohar ought to be saluted and then saluted again. In his tenure poor boards are looked after which is the hallmark of any civiliced institution (EU welfare model vs US capitalist), 2 new countries have Test status, and we have a real-if-not-perfect structure for Test and ODI cricket.

    T20 picnic cricket should just remain as bilaterals.

    But the ground situation will only change if the ICC had more countries so that power wasn't concentrated in one greedy and infantile board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    And that's why the method proposed is so ridiculous. A league table is meaningless unless every team plays every other, both home and away, during the 'season'. Read my post #18 above.
    Not necessarily. The NFL has 32 teams but only a 17 week season in which each team gets a bye week. Teams only play half of the other teams in the league each season. And before 2002, there was no systematic scheduling so there teams that hadn't played in over a decade. Now each team plays every other team in the league every 4 or 8 years (can't remember exactly).

    The ICC should institute something similar and its fine. They should force the BCCI to play PCB since they do so at ICC events and this Test league is technically an ICC event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R0H1T View Post
    Who'd give you five tests, weather permitting you;d be blanked 5 zip in Aus, SA, Ind & possibly England as well. As for why the big 3 play more tests, because they make or bring money to the table, that;s why they can afford to do so, try having SL vs BD 5 test series anywhere in the world
    Only big 3 play and try making money. Without other these big three are nothing. No one would give a hoot of these three playing series over and over again in these busy days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nil Dhumrojal View Post
    Only big 3 play and try making money. Without other these big three are nothing. No one would give a hoot of these three playing series over and over again in these busy days.
    Try telling that to SA, who couldn;t get their local T20 event off the ground

    Internationals are even less profitable, definitely tests as compared to LO games.

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    Teams should not be allowed to pick and choose who they play against. That simply ruins the league. All teams should be forced to play all against all other teams once at home and once away. If this cannot be accommodated in one league cycle then make sure it happens over the course of two cycles. This is how leagues are supposed to be played. Imagine football teams being allowed to choose who they play against, Ridiculous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutdown Corner View Post
    Not necessarily. The NFL has 32 teams but only a 17 week season in which each team gets a bye week. Teams only play half of the other teams in the league each season. And before 2002, there was no systematic scheduling so there teams that hadn't played in over a decade. Now each team plays every other team in the league every 4 or 8 years (can't remember exactly).

    The ICC should institute something similar and its fine. They should force the BCCI to play PCB since they do so at ICC events and this Test league is technically an ICC event.
    You just said it. 32 teams. Perhaps when the day comes that there are 32 Test teams then your suggestion of adopting a similar method to that of the NFL might be viable, but until then ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddy View Post
    And how do you propose such league of yours passes through? Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have already made it clear that they will not participate if there is any relegation clause, do you propose to play your test league with only 5-6 countries then who will accept all your clauses?
    Method proposed by the ICC is nothing other than Test league/championship fixing akin to match fixing pure and simple.

    Would an EPL have meaning if Man Utd and Man City, or Man Utd and Liverpool were allowed to avoid playing each other during the league season? Similarly for Real and Barca in La Liga?


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    If one assumes the new league structure for Test and one-day cricket agreed at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board meeting on Friday will finally lead to the resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

    For Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary, and Rahul Johri, the CEO, it was the biggest concern when they went for the ICC meeting in Auckland where restructuring of international cricket was the main agenda.

    “We didn’t want to be docked points for not playing Pakistan, like the women’s team last season. Chaudhary and Johri had been asked to discuss at the meeting how it can be resolved,” a BCCI insider said.

    INDO-PAK ISSUE TACKLED

    For now, the ICC has addressed that issue by allowing the Boards to choose their opponents for the bilateral Test series – they only need to play six of the other eight teams. According to the arrangement worked out by ICC, India are not required to play Pakistan in the first two cycles of the Test league (2019 - 2021 and 2022 - 2024). If relations between the two countries improve, the two Boards can hold a bilateral series anytime, but it won’t be part of the Test league.

    This arrangement is difficult to explain except that it is a compromise to address an issue that is beyond the BCCI’s control.

    Nine teams will play six series over the new two-year Test league cycle – three each home and away. Each series will have a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five.

    But what happens if India and Pakistan finish as the top two teams in the league table? The top two contest a play-off final to decide the Test champions at Lord’s in June 2021. “India and Pakistan anyway play in ICC tournaments, all global events like the 50-over, World Twenty20 and the under-19 tournaments. The same arrangement will apply and they will play the final,” explained a source.

    ONE-DAY LEAGUE

    The ICC has also given the green light to a 13-team one-day international league, which will begin in 2020 and lead to direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

    Like the arrangement in the Test league, the ICC has sorted the situation in the one-day league though each team is required to play all others or be docked points. The first World Cup under the new structure will be in 2023, and India being the hosts will earn an automatic berth. So, they will not be affected even if they are docked points.

    For the ODI league, the ICC’s 12 full members and the winners of the current World Cricket League Championship will contest four home and four away series of three matches each.

    “In principle all the Boards have agreed to the restructuring. The small details about the playing conditions and other details have to be worked out. It will be finalised by February,” a source told Hindustan Times.

    Temporarily, the ICC has found a solution to the India versus Pakistan issue, but for their league championships to work they will need to come up with a structure that addresses the issue.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/sports...2YhaXozNL.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    You just said it. 32 teams. Perhaps when the day comes that there are 32 Test teams then your suggestion of adopting a similar method to that of the NFL might be viable, but until then ....
    It also has to do with the rigor of the sport. NBA has 30 teams, yet all teams play the others 2-4 times in roughly the same time the NFL only gets 24 ish games.

    That being said the Test league could have easily had 8 series in 2 years. I suspect BCCI convinced them so they could avoid PAK each cycle and also to free up time all ******** domestic leagues that are popping up like medical schools in the Caribbean.

    But how valuable would a IND-PAK series be? India would stomp all over PAK on current and forseeable form.

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    Finally some much needed context to both formats.

    I can see teams like NZ, Pakistan and SL having slim pickings in terms of opponents though. They'll play each other with Bangladesh being the third team. While Australia, India, England and SA will make up the other bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post

    Anything other than this would mean India getting unfair advantage in the league. India should forfeit points or play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aman View Post
    Finally some much needed context to both formats.

    I can see teams like NZ, Pakistan and SL having slim pickings in terms of opponents though. They'll play each other with Bangladesh being the third team. While Australia, India, England and SA will make up the other bracket.
    If you look at the proposed schedule further up in #15, everyone seems to get a series vs a top nation pretty regularly. By being asked to play 6 teams, a reasonable spread is enforced. Looks like the best thing to happen to tests & ODI in years to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aman View Post
    Finally some much needed context to both formats.

    I can see teams like NZ, Pakistan and SL having slim pickings in terms of opponents though. They'll play each other with Bangladesh being the third team. While Australia, India, England and SA will make up the other bracket.
    Or maybe not.

    Would, say England, prefer to play one of their away series that counts towards the league table points against India in India, or say against NZ in NZ?
    ie An almost certain series defeat, and zero points, against India in India versus a fighting chance of getting a series draw or win, and some league points, against NZ in NZ?

    Similarly, would India prefer to have one of their away series that counts towards the league table points against Australia in Australia, or against SL in SL? Where will they have a better chance of getting an away series draw or win, and some league points, in Australia or in SL?

    Given a choice, all the 'big' teams will try and have their league table home series against the other big teams, but their away series against the lower tier teams.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutdown Corner View Post
    But how valuable would a IND-PAK series be? India would stomp all over PAK on current and forseeable form.
    You're assuming India will always be the more dominant team. Whist historically the Pakistan Test team has a better record against India than vice versa.

    These things go around in circles. Currently India is probably the better team (on paper at least). But matches are not played on paper, as the Champions Trophy Eng v Pak semi and india v Pak semi showed.

    In a few years, who knows where each team will be, and who will be 'stomping' over the other. As for how valuable an India-Pak series would be, you just have to look at the ICC events where an India v Pak match is usually the most valuable financially from the point of view of the broadcasters and sponsors other than the final itself. And if the final happens to be India v Pakistan .... it's pure heaven for the broadcasters.


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    The International Cricket Council on Friday unveiled a long-awaited, nine-nation Test championship Friday in a bid to preserve the five-day format’s status following the rapid growth of Twenty20.

    The Test league was among a raft of reforms agreed at an ICC board meeting in Auckland, including revamping the one-day international schedule and trialling four-day Tests.

    While still in its nascent stage, the ICC has clarified broad points pertaining to the both leagues.

    Salient features

    The Test league will start in 2019 and see nine teams play six series over two years –- three home and three away. It will culminate in a final between the two top teams at Lord’s.

    The nine nations in the competition are Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West Indies.

    The league will function on a points system, with a full week-by-week tours programme that is yet to be finalised by the international cricket body.

    The ICC will also establish a 13-nation one-day international league starting in 2020, with results counting towards 2023 World Cup qualification.

    Each side will play four home and four away series each comprising of three ODIs moving to all teams playing each other from the second cycle onwards. (This also signals the end of bilateral ODI series longer than three ODIs.)

    Reasoning behind the move

    The ICC has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the format’s popularity as crowds and TV viewers flock to the fast-paced, big-hitting Twenty20 version of the game.

    They said the league structure would give added context to Test and ODI fixtures, rather than the current system of bilateral series which have little bearing on other teams.

    Other steps ICC has taken to revive Test cricket’s popularity

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

    The Auckland meeting also agreed to experiment with four-day Tests, with South Africa and Zimbabwe set to trial the first in December.
    ICC chief executive Dave Richardson emphasised that the shorter Test matches were only being trialled and their results would not be part of the new Test championship.

    Third time lucky

    ICC had first appointed a committee to examine the concept back in 1998. But squabbling over formats, and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged, have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.

    A version was supposed to begin in 2013 but was scrapped because existing commercial arrangements meant the ICC was obliged to stage the one-day Champions Trophy instead.

    Then plans for a June 2017 launch were scuppered when some of the game’s powerbrokers, including India, objected to a proposed two-tier league system, saying smaller teams would be disadvantaged.

    There was also a reported lack of interest from television companies.

    What it means for India

    India is one of the countries where footfall for Tests has been on the decline compared to heady days of early 2000s, especially for games against low-profile teams. The popularity of the shorter format is obviously making an impact.

    The concept though could face hurdles when it is India’s turn to face Pakistan. Bilateral ties remain severed between the two teams since 2012-13 due to the strained political climate between the neighbours.

    Currently, the two teams play each other only in ICC events. Considering the league technically falls under this category, it will be interesting to see what stance the Indian Board or even the Government takes in this context.

    Due the security concerns in Pakistan, their home games are hosted in Dubai at the moment. However, India has refrained from even travelling to the city to play a bilateral series.

    Last year, the India women’s team were docked points for skipping three matches against Pakistan in the Women’s Championship tournament. The incident meant that the team had to play two qualifying games to make reach the World Cup in England.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    Just have a simple 2 divisions of seven teams each "3 year season".

    * Each team plays 6 others, both home and away during the 3 year 'season', ie 12 series in 3 years, or 4 series per year, 2 home and 2 away. That's easily achievable if they're 2 match series.

    * 1 point for a drawn series and 3 points for a win.

    * The bottom team in division one relegated and the top team in division 2 promoted at the end of each 'season'.

    * Team placed 6th in division 1 and team placed 2nd in division two have a play-off for the other relegation/promotion place.

    * No exceptions regarding relegation from division 1, meaning every team (including India) can theoretically be relegated if they finished 7th in division one, or finished 6th in division one and lost the play-off against the team placed 2nd in division two.


    Team can still play 'friendlies' (eg Ashes) against whoever they want if they can find a slot for it.
    Make the divisions like top 5 ( as they are way better than others) and bottom 7.


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    The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) Responds to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Announcement of New International Competition Structures
    Overall Cricket Structure

    FICA acknowledges the amount of work that has been done, and that a step forward has been taken, by the ICC and various country Boards in formulating and agreeing a Test league and ODI league. FICA remains concerned however that, as part of the changes, the new overall cricket structure does not address existing weaknesses and imbalances in the global playing landscape, and the need to ensure an appropriate balance between international cricket and the domestic T20 leagues.

    “Whilst some of what ICC has now agreed is positive, notably in regard to the ODI league, we feel that the game has missed a significant opportunity to provide real clarity and consistency to the overall global structure,” said Tony Irish, Executive Chairman of FICA.

    “One of international cricket’s biggest challenges is the increasing prioritisation by players of T20 leagues ahead of international cricket and this can only be addressed by appropriate structural change. FICA’s 2016 International Cricket Structure Review (FICA International Cricket Structural Review ), which was shared with the ICC, is based on collective player views, player labour market data and player insights from around the world. It identified key areas which we, and the players, believe needed to be addressed as part of a much needed change in the global structure aimed at ensuring the health and viability of international cricket.”

    “The introduction of Test and ODI leagues to create context and sporting narrative was one these but others include, for example, the removal of the inherent conflict for players between international cricket and domestic T20 leagues, balancing all three formats of the game, removing scheduling conflicts by adopting clear internationally recognised scheduling windows, adopting a centralised approach to potential innovations such as day/night and four day Tests and developing a clear pathway and meritocratic opportunity for developing nations. These really should have been addressed in one new structure.”

    ODI League

    FICA welcomes the introduction of the proposed ODI league and in particular the fact that the number of matches is clearly regulated to ensure the volume of cricket is controlled and that matches without context are not played outside the league structure.

    “Although it’s not ideal that teams won’t play all other teams during the cycle the league is otherwise clear in its structure and regulation and it also provides meaningful opportunities to 13 teams,” said Irish. “We will still need to see how effective it is in feeding into the ICC Cricket World Cup.”

    Test League

    Whilst FICA acknowledges some context has now been introduced into Test cricket it is clear that optimal change has been restricted by the fact that context is being wrapped around existing bilateral scheduling arrangements instead of the other way around. FICA believes that regulation in the Test structure to ensure clarity and consistency doesn’t go far enough.

    “The fact that countries will play different numbers of Test matches in a series depending on the opposition will mean that any points system will not be simple and easily understandable,” said Irish. “We will have to see exactly how the points will work but I think it’s a challenge to run a genuine league when some countries will be playing significantly more matches than other countries in the same league table.”

    “It is also left up to countries to play Test matches outside the competition structure which is likely to be confusing, and simply adds volume without context. Perhaps some of these non-league matches will be against new Test nations but then it’s a pity that there is no clear pathway for those countries to advance or enter the competition based on merit.”

    Four Day Tests

    FICA notes that four day Test matches will not be part of the Test league.

    “We are not sure of the objective of playing four day Tests right now,” said Irish. “The format doesn’t need trialing as it’s played in most domestic first class competitions. We see the benefit that four day Tests could bring to an overall competition structure but the benefit of change is not clear if it’s not part of a structure. In these circumstances we don’t see the need to tinker with what many treasure as part of the heritage and tradition of the game.”

    Conclusion

    “Although FICA was involved in conceptual discussions on these leagues neither we, nor the players, have been part of the final development of the competition structures. I think we should have been, especially because the player labour market and player decision-making are significant drivers of what the future of the game will look like.”

    “It seems that the agreed structure will be locked-in for some time. We will now have to see whether the changes have gone far enough to sufficiently enhance international cricket.”


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