ICC set to approve World Test Championship

Tue 10 Oct 2017, 12:07:15
The International Cricket Council, ICC is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week.The sport's governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format's popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big- hitting Twenty20 version of the game. 

But squabbling over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010. 

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that plans for a nine-nation Test championship were now well advanced and the ICC was set to give the concept a green light on Friday at a meeting in Auckland. 

It said the first edition of the competition would run over a two-year cycle beginning in 2019, culminating in a final between the top two teams at Lord's.

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