ICC set to decide world test championships at top level conferences

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Indian players will leave the field after the match against New Zealand. (File)

What is the future of the World Test Championship (WTC) in the current coronavirus pandemic? “No decision has been made yet. The WTC will be discussed at this week’s board meeting,” a spokesman for the International Cricket Council (ICC) told Indian Express. The ICC Chief Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, followed by a board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the original schedule, each team in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle will play six series, with the top two teams competing in the finals scheduled for June next year. Regardless of the number of contests, each series will be awarded 120 points. However, not all teams played the same number of series in the nine pools. Currently, only India may complete the 6 Series allocation. The ICC has a job looking for a solution, as the period from late March to May is reserved for the Indian Premier League (IPL) during the season that hindered Covid.

Point allocation

2 match series: Wins and draws (per test) – 60-30-20
3 match series: Wins and draws (per test) – 40-20-13
4 match series: Wins and draws (per test) – 30-15-10
5 match series: Win Tide Draw (per test) – 24-12-8


Series played: 4; Points: 360

India sits on the table and the next mission is four test series in Australia starting December 17th. India won the series three times before losing 0-2 in New Zealand earlier this year. India’s total for the percentage of points earned (PCT) out of the total number of points contested is currently 0.750. The execution rate per wicket (RPW) is also better than the other 2.011.

Following India’s Tour Down Under, there will be a five-game home series against England from February to March. The advantage of India is that forced breaks by Covid are set to meet the 6 Series quota without interfering with WTC equipment. A series victory in Australia will effectively lead them to the WTC final.


Series played: 3; Points: 296

The pandemic has canceled two Australian test series in Bangladesh this June. Australia is currently in second place, 64 points below India and will reach the top of the table with a clean sweep or 3-0 series win at the Border Gabascar Trophy. The current Australian PCT is 0.822, but the RPW is 1.604. Their next mission is three test series in South Africa early next year.


Series played: 4; Points: 292

The England and Wales Cricket Commission (ECB) has been found to be rescheduling a postponed series to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a rubber for two games in March when the ball was canceled without bowling. But if we don’t change the schedule, England’s top two fate depends, to some extent, on how Australia will fight India in the next two months. If Australia beat India on the points table, England may have to win India by at least 3-0 to be in the top two. The current PCT and RPW in England are 0.608 and 1.223, respectively.

new Zealand

Series played: 3; Points: 180

New Zealand’s Bangladesh tour for two test series from August to September has been postponed due to a pandemic. According to ICC officials, reschedules require reschedule of all canceled / postponed series, which can be quite difficult in the current situation. It turns out that global organizations may consider splitting points as an option for the canceled / deferred series. New Zealand’s next two challenges are a home series of two tests against the West Indies and Pakistan in the South Summer. Therefore, the kiwi still has 240 points, and a clean sweep will move the ladder up significantly. Currently New Zealand’s PCT and RPW are 0.500 and 0.883, respectively.


Series played: 4; Points: 166

Pakistan could only play one home test against Bangladesh as the ball was canceled without bowling in the second test in Karachi in April. Pakistan will tour New Zealand for two test series before hosting South Africa for two other test series. Pakistan may also need a clean sweep in the next two series to be a top two candidate. So far, Pakistan has won only one of the four series, and currently the PCT and RPW are 0.395 and 0.853, respectively.

Sri Lanka

Series played: 2; Points: 80

Sri Lanka missed a series of home tests against England (2 tests) and Bangladesh (3 times). They will tour South Africa in a month for two test series, followed by two more tests in the West Indies. Lankan has not yet secured a series victory.

West indies

Series played: 2; Points: 40

Two test series against South Africa in the West Indies from July to August have been cancelled. They haven’t won the series yet. The next three challenges are two tests in New Zealand, three in Bangladesh and two at home against Sri Lanka.

South Africa

Series played: 2; Points: 24

Protea will play three test series in the coming months. One of them is three games against Australia. Prior to that, they will host Sri Lanka for two tests and play a series two games away from Pakistan. Saffers haven’t won the series yet.


Series played: 2; points 0

They missed three test series in Sri Lanka and two test home series against New Zealand. Their only WTC assignment remaining is a three-game home series against the West Indies.

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