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England and Wales to stage inaugural Test Championship

AFP, LONDON

England and Wales will stage the inaugural World Test Championship in June and July of 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Saturday following the conclusion of its annual conference in London.

The World Test Championship will replace the Champions Trophy, won by India last month after they beat hosts England by five runs in the final at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground.

“We are delighted to confirm the exciting schedule of events through to 2023,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said in a statement.

“The ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all,” he said. “However, the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats [Test, One-Day and Twenty20] over a four-year cycle is a good one and, as such, the ICC board has agreed to replace the Champions Trophy with the ICC World Test Championship,” he added.

Saturday’s announcement regarding the World Test Championship was part of a package of global events due to take place between 2015 and 2023.

However, the ICC raised doubts about Bangladesh’s ability to stage next year’s World Twenty20.

“The IDI [ICC Development International] board reviewed an inspection report by the ICC venue consultant on the venues for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 and expressed its concern regarding the progress of construction and improvements to playing facilities in Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet,” the ICC said.

“The board noted that a further inspection and report is scheduled for August, after which a final decision will be taken on the venues for the event,” it said.

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