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Lord’s likely to host final of proposed World Test Championship

• Two-tier competition is being planned by the ICC and could begin in 2017
• Lord’s seen as natural host venue given popularity among touring sides

Lord’s is being lined up as the host venue for the final of the proposed two-tier World Test Championship, with the International Cricket Council also investigating whether the new competition can begin as early as next year.

Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, recently confirmed that plans are being drawn up for a revamped structure that would involve the creation of two divisions for Test cricket – made up of seven and five teams, with promotion and relegation – with 2019 originally considered the first opportunity in which to implement it.

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