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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 likely to approve long-awaited Test championship

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week, it was reported Monday. The sport's governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format's popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty20 version of the game. But squabbling over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stymied efforts to launch a league…