The cricketing structure is set to change with the International Cricket Council approving Test Championship and One-Day International League, David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, confirmed in Auckland on Friday (October 13) after the governing body's meeting.
In the Test Championship, the top nine teams will play six series - three at home and three away - and it'll be put in place after the 2019 World Cup. The teams will be required to play at least two Tests while it can be expanded to five Tests in a series as well. The Test Championship, however, won't include Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland.
The ODI league, that's set to be put in place in 2020, will have 13 teams - the 12 Full Members and the winner of the ICC World Cricket League Championship. The teams will battle it out to earn direct qualification for the World Cup. The ODI league will first have a two-year cycle ahead of the 2023 World Cup. However, it'll be changed to a three-year cycle with teams battling it out in eight series - four at home and four away series - with a maximum of three ODIs in one series.
"This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket," Richardson said about the decision. 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."