Lord's to host World Test Series finals of 2023 and 2025
Lord's set to host World Test Series finals of 2023 and 2025
The Lord's Cricket Ground will host the World Test Series finals in 2023 and 2025, the International Cricket Board announced on Tuesday (July 26). The announcement came on the penultimate day of their annual meeting in Birmingham. Before it was changed to Southampton, Lord's was also originally designated as the venue for the World Test Series final (2019–2021).
VVS Laxman and Daniel Vettori were confirmed as the current player representatives on the Men's Cricket Committee, among other news. Former West Indies cricketer Roger Harper will join Mahela Jayawardene as the second past player representative on the committee. The International Cricket board accepted the FTPs for 2023–2027 for both men and women, and the calendar will be released soon.
Meanwhile, the governing body accepted Associate Membership applications from Uzbekistan, Cote D'Ivoire, and Cambodia. Cote D'Ivoire is now the 21st member from Africa, while Cambodia and Uzbekistan are the 24th and 25th members from the Asian division. With the most recent additions, the International Cricket Board now has 108 members, 96 of whom are associates.
Cricket Russia's membership was also revoked by the International Cricket Board. It has been suspended since the 2021 Annual General Meeting "due to ongoing non-compliance since July 2019." Additionally, it made the decision to postpone Ukraine's membership application "until cricket activity is able to securely recommence within the nation."
The Afghanistan Working Group sent an update to the International Cricket Board, along with details on the state of women's cricket in the nation. Imran Khwaja, the working group's chair, Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo, and Ramiz Raja were selected by the International Cricket Council to assess the state of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the sport in the nation. In the upcoming weeks, representatives of the International Cricket Board will meet with ACB and government authorities.
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