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ICC unveils long-awaited Test championship

WELLINGTON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled a long-awaited, nine-nation Test championship Friday in a bid to preserve the five-day format's status following the rapid growth of Twenty20. The Test league was among a raft of reforms agreed at an ICC board meeting in Auckland, including revamping the one-day international schedule and trialling four-day Tests. "Our priority was to develop (a) structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena," ICC…

ICC extends support to three World XI T20s in Lahore

LONDON: The return of international cricket to Pakistan looms with the ICC confirming plans for T20 series in Lahore.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to support Pakistan's efforts to host a World XI for three T20s later this year, media reports said. Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport's global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year. Pakistan have had to play all of their 'home'…

Shami named in India’s delayed Champions Trophy squad

NEW DELHI: India recalled fit-again fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Monday as they belatedly unveiled a squad to defend their Champions Trophy title after a row over sharing out world cricket's revenues. Pace spearhead Shami and batsman Rohit Sharma are the only two changes from the team that played England in a three-match one-day series in India this year. Shami takes the place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra while Sharma replaces Lokesh Rahul, who is recuperating from shoulder surgery last month. "It is a balanced team,…