Ireland to play their first Test in May

Ireland to play their first Test in May

Ireland to play their first Test in May

Qualification by this method was finalised after Windies lost the first match of their ODI series against England in September 2017, meaning they were unable to climb up top the 8th spot in the ICC ODI rankings by the cut-off date.

"Bar none, every (ICC member team) likes the idea of hosting a Test championship (final) but whether that works logistically or not is another matter", he added.

Nine of the 12 test-approved countries - Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland will initially be excluded - will play three home and three away series over the two years that count towards the championship.

The decision to play Zimbabwe on Boxing Day was taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) after the Indian tour, which was due to take place over that period, got pushed back because of scheduling reasons.

While all Test championship matches will be played over five days, the ICC Board also approved the trial of four-day Tests in bilateral series up until 2019, following South Africa's request to play a match over that distance against Zimbabwe during their forthcoming home season.

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The ICC has also given the green light to a 13-team one-day global league which will begin in 2020 and lead to direct qualification to the Cricket World Cup.

The ICC says that in the first edition of the league, starting in 2020, each side will play four home and four away series, each comprising three ODIs. "The top eight will qualify automatically for the World Cup".

The teams will battle it out to earn direct qualification for the World Cup.

A set of playing conditions for four-day Tests is set to be drawn up by ICC management in coming weeks.

ICC chief executive David Richardson said: 'Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams'.

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