The International Cricket Council on Friday gave the green signal to a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket due to start in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years – three home and three away – with each having a minimum of two Tests and a maximum of five and all matches being played over five days culminating in a World Test League Championship Final.
In the first edition of the league, each side will play four home and four away series each comprising of three ODIs moving to all teams playing each other from the second cycle onwards.
“I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first.
Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on," ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement after the governing body's meeting here.
“This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup.