Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Test Championship could be confirmed in Auckland this week

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AUCKLAND: Cricket history could be made in New Zealand this week.

The International Cricket Council meets in Auckland with the agenda including a realignment of the test and one-day international schedules for the next few years.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports a nine-nation test championship over two years from 2019 and a 13-nation ODI league over three years are in the offing.

Under the proposal, nations would play three test series at home and three away over the two years of the championship, while in the ODI league there are two home-and-away series each year.

100 points would be on offer for every test series – 60 would go to the winner of the series – split if it is drawn – and the remaining 40 would be allocated on individual matches.

Using that system, the Ashes could continue to be five tests but other shorter series would hold the same overall value.

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