The Indian cricket team will make its debut in the much-debated inaugural ICC World Test Championship in July 2019, against West Indies in the Caribbean, and then mark its campaign in the 13-team ODI League versus Sri Lanka (away) in June 2020.
Cricket’s governing body, the ICC, on Wednesday released its FTP for 2018-2023, in which its confirmed the dates for all bilateral international fixtures and incorporated all three formats of the game for the various men’s teams.
As per the ICC, the nine top-ranked Test teams will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from July 15, 2019 to April 30, 2021.
“The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions,” said an ICC release on Wednesday. “In addition, the 12 Test playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2022 and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents.”
The ODI League, stated the ICC, will serve as a qualification pathway for the 2023 World Cup to be hosted by India. As hosts, India and the next seven highest-ranked teams in the ODI league as of March 31, 2022 will qualify directly for the World Cup while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC World Cup Qualifier.
“The agreement of this FTP means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023,” said the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.
“Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.”
The ICC released outlined the principles followed by its Members in the creation of this men’s FTP as the following:
– Scheduling the appropriate amount of cricket in each format (home and away) for each Member.
– With matches scheduled at the preferred time of year in each territory. Inclusion of existing series that have already been committed to commercial partners (mainly in 2019-20).
– Providing optimum preparation for ICC Events by playing the same format immediately before the tournament.
– Sufficient time for Members to schedule their preferred bilateral content outside of World Test Championship and ODI league.
– Periods when individual Boards want to allow their national team players to be available to compete in domestic T20 leagues.