ICC World Test Championship: India to face West Indies in July 2019

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New Delhi, June 20: International Cricket Council (ICC) released its Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018 to 2023, on Wednesday.

Check out the ICC’s release here:

The schedule incorporates all three formats of the game for the men’s teams across the period of five years. It also includes the schedule for the inaugural ICC World Test championship and the 13-team One-Day league.

The Indian cricket team will make its debut in the 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.

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 structure of the men’s FTP (2018-23) includes:

· ICC Cricket World Cup – 2019 and 2023

· ICC World T20 – 2020 and 2021

· World Test Championship

. Cycle 1 – 2019-2021 (final 2021)

. Cycle 2 – 2021-2023 (final 2023)

· All bilateral Tests, ODIs and T20Is outside of the above competitions

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