In a triple bonanza for India, it will host the World Twenty 20 Cup competition in 2016 and World Test Championship 2021, both for the first time, and the 50-over World Cup for the fourth time in 2023, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here on Saturday night.
The three competitions were allotted to India by ICC at its annual conference which finalised its global events from 2015 to 2023. According to an ICC media release, the first edition of the World Test Championship will be staged in 2017 by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in June-July 2017 while the second edition will be held in India in February-March 2021.
The World Test Championship will replace the Champions Trophy, recently won by India after it beat England by five runs in the final at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground. “We are delighted to confirm the exciting schedule of events through to 2023,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said in the statement. “The ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all. However, the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats (Test, One-Day and Twenty20) over a four-year cycle is a good one and, as such, the ICC board has agreed to replace the Champions Trophy with the ICC World Test Championship,” the former South Africa wicketkeeper added.
“Now that the ICC World Test Championship has been confirmed, we’ll work on the playing conditions and qualification criteria, and will submit these to the ICC board for approval in due course.”
The ICC had planned to stage the first Test Championship in England this year but existing commercial agreements meant it had to stage a one-day international tournament instead, hence the last edition of the Champions Trophy. Saturday’s announcement regarding the World Test Championship was part of a package of global events due to take place between 2015-2023. However, the ICC raised doubts about Bangladesh’s suitability to stage next year’s World Twenty20.
“The IDI (ICC Development International) board reviewed an inspection report by the ICC venue consultant on the venues for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 and expressed its concern regarding the progress of construction and improvements to playing facilities in Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet.
“The board noted that a further inspection and report is scheduled for August, after which a final decision will be taken on the venues for the event.” Among the changes to playing conditions agreed this week was a revised policy on when umpires need to change the ball in an international match. The issue became a hot topic during the Champions Trophy after England was accused by former captain Bob Willis of ball-tampering after the ball was changed by umpires Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden when the hosts were in the field against Sri Lanka at The Oval.