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India’s first major tournament will be the 2016 World Twenty20
India will be the place to be for all cricket fans over the coming years as many of the major tournaments will be held in the subcontinent nation after the International Cricket Council (ICC) granted them the honour of hosting the 2016 World Twenty20, 2021 World Test Championship and 2023 World Cup.
The World Test Championship is a new tournament the ICC created to replace the Champions Trophy and ensure the longevity of the sport’s longest format, whose glory days have long gone.
The inaugural edition of the World Test Championship will be held in England and Wales in 2017.
Explaining the decision to scrap the Champions Trophy and replace it with the World Test Championship, ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “The ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all. However, the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats over a four-year cycle is a good one.
“Now that the ICC World Test Championship has been confirmed, we’ll work on the playing conditions and qualification criteria, and will submit these to the ICC Board for approval in due course.”
Richardson also noted that the ICC have recommended that all full members should be made to play a minimum of 16 Test matches within four years.
Richardson added that the ICC were looking into ways to stamp out corruption in the game once and for all.
“The ICC has a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and is committed to using all powers available to it to achieve and maintain the goal of a corruption-free sport,” Richardson said. “In the wake of recent events, the ICC and its member boards will further strengthen and tighten our anti-corruption codes and other integrity regulations pertaining to international and domestic events and develop methods for better information sharing across jurisdictions.
“The ICC remains confident, but not complacent, that the vast majority of players, officials and administrators in international cricket uphold the best interests of the sport. But there continues to be a very small minority whose involvement with corrupt practices discredits themselves and their colleagues, and tarnishes the reputation of the sport itself.”