There are several forms of cricket at the highest level: Test Cricket, One Day International Cricket, and the Twenty20 Cricket International World Cup.
These matches are played under the rules and regulations approved by the International Cricket Council, which also provides the match officials. Test cricket is the traditional form of the game, which has been played since 1877 and today is played in a five-day format comprising two innings each.
It is considered the highest form as it tests teams over a longer period. One Day Internationals, also known as ODI, is a peaceful format that started in 1971 but gained popularity in the 1980s.
It is a single-match game of 50 overs per team. The ICC’s flagship event, the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup, is played every four years in this format.
The 50-over format has grown in recent years. The ICC also organizes the Champions Trophy for the top eight ranked teams, the ICC Women’s World Cup every four years, and the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup every two years.
International 20s matches are the newest, shortest, and fastest form of cricket. This 20-overs per-side format has attracted new audiences since its inception in 2005.
It has also sparked new skills and innovations. An international Twenty20 match is usually played in three hours. The ICC World Twenty20 cricket is the first international T20 tournament which began in 2007. It has been held five times since then, with the advent of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, held alongside the men’s event since 2009.