Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

Ireland will play their first ever Test match against Pakistan on home soil next May, the country's cricket chiefs announced on Thursday.

The test championship is planned to involve nine countries and be run over a two-year cycle, while a 13-nation ODI league would operate between World Cups and also be used to determine which teams qualify for the showpiece 50-overs tournament every four years.

Ireland are very close to be a part of history after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that they are very close to finalizing the details of their inaugural Test match.

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The ICC will also establish a 13-nation one-day worldwide league starting in 2020, with results counting towards World Cup qualification. "Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on".

David Richardson said, "Our priority was to develop an worldwide cricket structure that gave context and meaning across global cricket and particularly in the Test arena".

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 worldwide bilateral cricket".

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"We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in test cricket - the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support", added Deutrom.

The team is now coming to terms with the retirements of greats like Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan after sliding from the top of the ICC Test rankings to a lowly seventh below Sri Lanka after their latest defeat. But squabbling over formats, and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged, have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.

A recent innovation created to reverse the trend is the introduction of day-night Test matches, which moves playing sessions to more spectator-friendly hours after dark. A number of decisions around event hosts were taken by the ICC Board in Auckland.

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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.

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