The ICC Intercontinental Cup (4-day First-Class) competition for Associate member countries has been a definitive structure to ensure multi-day format exposure for players and it has benefited the likes of Ireland and Afghanistan on their way to becoming Test status countries.
Following Ireland’s and Afghanistan’s elevation to Test status and them being no longer part of the Intercontinental Cup structure, it was widely discussed on what the future lies with regards to the competition.
Following the ICC meetings in Singapore, ICC Global Development head William Glenwright said that ICC remains committed towards providing a multi-day competition/structure for the Associate members and would seek out “expressions of interest” from the interested cricket boards to determine how it’ll be taken forward and a proposed structure will be provided to the members to have the choice of playing the longer format of the game.
The proposed structure will be a cost-sharing program between the ICC and the members who will participate in the tournament.
As of now, there won’t be an expected 2019 start for the next cycle of the ICC Intercontinental Cup and one assumes that the next set of developments in the matter will be up for discussion during the first quarter of 2019 when the next ICC meeting happens or during the Annual General meeting in around Jun/Jul 2019.