ICC World Test Championship: India to Make the World Test Debut in July 2019 Against West Indies
The ICC released the Future Tours Programme from 2018-23 (Photo Credits: ICC)

The ICC released the Future Tours Programme from 2018-23 where India will be making their World test Championship debut against West Indies at the Caribbean Islands. India will then mark their campaign in the 13-team ODI League versus Sri Lanka (away) in June 2020. As per ICC, the nine-top ranked Test teams will be a part of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from July 15, 2019, to April 30, 2021. 12 Test playing nations and Netherlands will also plat the

"The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions," said an ICC release on Wednesday. "In addition, the 12 Test playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from 1 May 2020 to 31 March 2022 and all the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents,” further stated the release.

The official Twitter handle of the ICC read, “The ICC has released the Future Tours Programme for 2018-23, incorporating the new World Test Championship and 13-team ODI League. READ http://bit.ly/FTP2018-23 .”

"The agreement of this FTP means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023," said the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

"Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our Members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end."