World Test Championship

World Test Championship organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been touted as the premier championship for Cricket, designed to boost interest in Test cricket. The idea for a Test Championship was first proposed by Ali Bacher and Clive Lloyd at the ICC's conference in 1997. The latest incarnation of the World Test Championship was announced by the ICC in 2017.

The World Test Championship will begin sometime after the 50-overs World Cup in 2019, and culminate with a final in mid-2021. Nine of the 12 Test-approved countries (Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland will be excluded initially) will play three home and three away Test match series over the two years that count towards the championship. The top-two teams in April 2021 will meet two months later in the final.

Previous Version

Before the ICC called it off in January 2014, The ICC World Test Championship was scheduled to be in 2017. Participants were to play a three-match Test championship from the first week of June 2017 until its third week. Originally, England and Wales were the hosts of the tournament. They were instead awarded the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. 

The format was believed to involve an initial league stage, played over a cycle of four years, involving all current test cricket nations of the ICC - Australia, India, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

The ICC had also planned to stage a second Test Championship in India in February to March 2021.

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