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SA to visit India in World Test champs opener

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A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team Men’s One Day International league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

David Richardson.

South Africa’s opening series in the World Test Championship will be against India, in India, in October 2019 the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced yesterday.

A World Test Championship has been created along with a 13-team Men’s One Day International league that will act as a qualification pathway for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson (pictured)congratulated the members for their efforts in the preparation of the men’s Future Tours Programme: “The agreement of this FTP means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. The World Test Championship will get under way next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

“Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.”

Cricket South Africa Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said: “The introduction of the World Test Championship and an ODI league will give these formats the much needed context to ensure their long-term viability along with the popular T20 format.

“We look forward to following the progress of our Proteas in both these competitions and to the enhanced products that we will be able to offer to our fans, our commercial partners and our players during our various bilateral tours. It is truly a win-win situation for all.”

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