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ICC Releases New FTP; Includes Test Championship and ODI League

ICC Releases New FTP; Includes Test Championship and ODI League

The structure of men's FTP includes the ICC Cricket World Cups (2019, 2023), ICC World T20s (2020, 2021), World Test Championship cycle 1 (2019-2021 with final), cycle 2 (2021-2023 with final) and all bilateral Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

The rest of the nine nations will collect points under a yet-to-be-finalised methodology from each Test they play until mid-2021 after which the two top-ranked teams will play-off for the Championship title at a venue, rumoured to be the Lord's cricket ground, to be announced.

In addition to 1987, New Zealand has played tests at the MCG in 1973 and 1980 for a loss and draw respectively, and 26 one-day internationals, including their defeat to Australia in the 2015 World Cup final.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed their team will face Australia at the MCG on Boxing Day next year as part of a three-test, three-ODI series across the Tasman.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said the new FTP represented a solid move in the right direction for world cricket and was packed full of content over all three formats.

All the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents. The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

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"It's hard to go past the three-match test series in Australia next year as a highlight. I think all New Zealanders will have a circle around that one".

Other Test series in the programme include the West Indies' three-Test tour of India and New Zealand hosting Sri Lanka, both in July, while the last league game will be in April 2021 with the West Indies visiting Sri Lanka. Afghanistan have matches scheduled at their home base India and away against Australia, while Ireland will host New Zealand and travel to England.

A 13-team one-day global league involving the 12 Test playing nations and Holland, running from May 1 2020 to March 31 2022, will act as a qualification tournament with only hosts India certain of progressing.

The ODI League will be suspended a year before the World Cup which means that a series can have more than three ODIs during this period.

Hosts India plus the seven highest-ranked sides in the ODI league as on 31, March 2022 will qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup, while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC World Cup Qualifier.

"By bringing more relevance and context into test and ODI cricket we can farewell what used to be known as neutral games, and introduce interest into every fixture, no matter which side is playing", NZC chief executive David White said.


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