England to Host 2017 World Test Championship

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LONDON — England and Wales will host the inaugural World Test Championship in 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Saturday.

Following the annual conference of the sports governing body in London, the ICC confirmed that the new competition will replace the 50-over Champions Trophy.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will host the inaugural event in June/July 2017, while the second edition will be held in India in February/March 2021,” an ICC statement read.

The ICC had hoped to launch a world test championship this year but broadcasters locked into lengthy deals curtailed those plans and it was postponed.

The success of the recently completed Champions Trophy in England and Wales, won by India, had led to calls for the event to be retained with its simple format and short duration widely hailed.

The ICC, however, have been determined to create a meaningful championship for the longest form of the game for some time….

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