The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that India will stage the second edition of the World Test Championship in February/March 2021, following the conclusion of ICC”s annual conference in London. According to Sport24, the inaugural World Test Championship will be staged by England and Wales in June and July of 2017, adding that the Championship will replace the ICC Champions Trophy, recently won by India this month after they beat hosts England in the final at Edgbaston.
ICC chief executive David Richardson said that although the Champions Trophy was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all, however, the ICC board has agreed to replace the Champions Trophy with the ICC World Test Championship keeping in mind the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats (Test, One-Day and Twenty20) over a four-year cycle.
The former South Africa wicketkeeper further said that they will work on the playing conditions and qualification criteria, and will submit these to the ICC board for approval in due course now that the ICC World Test Championship has been confirmed. According to the report, although ICC had planned to stage the first Test Championship in England this year but had to stage a one-day international tournament instead, hence the last edition of the Champions Trophy, due to existing commercial agreements. Afghanistan was also confirmed as the ICC”s 37th Associate member nation, the rank immediately below the 10 elite Test playing countries, the report added. (ANI)