ICC plans for major ODI revamp

Kathmandu – The International Cricket Council (ICC) is said to be planning on creating a new One-Day International (ODI) league of the world’s top 13 cricket playing nations starting from 2019.

According to a report published in Cricinfo, it is believed that the 13-team league would comprise the ten Test playing nations along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Nepal as one of the favorite from associate.

The said league will be organized for three years period, with the top two nations playing a play-off series to determine the winner of the league.

According to the consideration, each team would play a three-match series in a home or away or against every other country, amounting to 36 ODIs in three years. The fourth year of each cycle would be reserved for World Cup preparation.

“The identity of the 13th team is likely to be altogether more controversial. The ICC are known to be impressed by the game’s popularity in Nepal, and are considering promoting Nepal regardless of their overall standing in the 2015-17 edition of the World Cricket League Championship”, the report said.

The proposal will be discussed at the ICC annual conference, which begins in Edinburgh at the end of June. Voting on the proposal, however, could take place only during ICC board meeting in October.

With inputs from Cricinfo.com

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