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ICC agrees plan for nine-team Test championship spread over two years

• Competition could begin in 2019 with first final scheduled for 2021
• ODI league of 13 teams to decide World Cup places also in pipeline

The International Cricket Council has moved closer towards providing Test cricket with a meaningful structure after a consensus was reached on Friday over the creation of a nine-team Test championship to run from 2019 and feature a final every two years.

A competition that goes beyond the rankings system has been a subject of debate at ICC level for some time and while proposals for two divisions or a conference-style system have been dismissed previously, a two-day meeting of chief executives in Dubai during the week has seen a plan agreed in principle but still requiring board approval.

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