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Test and ODI leagues confirmed by ICC boss Dave Richardson

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Ireland and Pakistan in a one-day international in Malahide in 2016

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the green light to a test championship and one-day international league, while countries are also welcome to experiment with four-day tests, the world governing body said on Friday.

It will culminate with a final in 2021, with previous reports hinting that match could take place at Lord's, while the one-day worldwide league will get underway in 2021 and determine qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

The ICC has also given the go-ahead for a trial of four-day Test matches.

Ireland and Afghanistan were granted full Test membership rights after years of lobbying in the Annual General Meeting of the ICC in London earlier this June.

"We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket", Deutrom added.

South Africa and Zimbabwe have been approved to play a four-day test this summer, although there isn't yet widespread approval for the concept from all cricketing nations.

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"However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket". They were scheduled to tour India in early 2018 but that bilateral series remains off limits now owing to the Indian Government's stance. The top-two teams in April 2021 will meet in the final two months later.

"This means fans around the world can enjoy worldwide cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup". "I would like to congratulate our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first", he said.

"This means fans around the world can enjoy global cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts toward qualification to the Cricket World Cup", he said.

However, Irish was concerned that countries trialing four-day Tests on a random basis may lead to confusion and uncertainty around the format.

"The trial is exactly that, a trial", Richardson said, "just in the same way day-night tests and technology have been trialed by members". A set of playing conditions for four-day Tests is set to be drawn up by ICC management in coming weeks.

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