By Michael Pavitt

2011 Cricket World Cup winners India will host the 2016 ICC Twenty20 World Cup ©Getty ImagesThe International Cricket Council (ICC) have confirmed the hosts and dates of their major tournaments until 2019, with England, India and the West Indies all set the stage Cricket World Cups in various formats.

Tournaments were awarded in 2013 but the decisions were ratified at the first ICC Board meeting of the year at their headquarters in Dubai, where India were confirmed as the host of the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from March 11 to April 3.

The meeting chaired by ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan and the Board approved that England will stage three major events, the first being the 2017 Champions Trophy, due to take place between June 1 to 19.

Originally the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had been due to host the inaugural World Test Championship in 2017, however the event was later scrapped with the Champions Trophy being reinstated.

England will also host the 2017 Women's World Cup between August 4 to 27 and the men's 50-over World Cup from May 30 to June 15 in 2019.

The women's World Twenty20 will take place in the West Indies in 2018, from November 2 until the 25.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup takes place in Australia, before England hosts the 2019 edition ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe 2015 Cricket World Cup takes place in Australia, before England hosts the 2019 edition ©AFP/Getty Images

In addition to the scheduling of events the ICC made several major decisions regarding the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, including reinstating the use of a super over in the event of a tie in the World Cup final, claiming it was the most credible way to separate two sides, with the decision now replicating the format of the 2011 final.

The ICC ruled that captains would not carry any over-rate suspensions from other series into an ICC event and confirmed that they had written to the USA Cricket Association (USACA) to request that information be provided about its compliance with the ICC's constitution and membership criteria.

An annual anti-doping report was received by the ICC board showing a 17 per cent increase in drug testing in 2014, with 1,210 drug tests conducted with no violations.

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