The World Test Championship will kickstart with the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on August 1. ICC has come up guidelines on the WTC, which will be played from 2019-2021. However, there is still some confusion in the minds of fans. Cricwizz tells you all you need to know about the World Test Championship.
Why the World Test Championship?
ICC has come up with WTC to give more meanings to the individual Test series between playing nations. It will be fought over two seasons to decide a Test winner, just like World Cups in other formats. All series will be key to decide the winner of this championship. It is also expected to curb the dwindling interest in Test cricket.
Who all are playing?
Except for the new entrants Ireland, Afghanistan, and suspended Zimbabwe, all the Test-playing nations are taking part in the WTC.
What about Ireland, Afghanistan?
They will play Test series as part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP), but they will not be part of the WTC, but their performances will be considered for the Test rankings.
A total of 27 series will be played in the WTC. Each of these 9 countries – India, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand – will play six series each, three at home, and three away. Each team will play against a few higher-ranked teams and a few lower-ranked teams.
What about the series in the Future Tours Programme?
Some of the series that are part of the FTP and committed by the respective countries will be part of the WTC as well.
How will be the points distributed?
For each series, there are a total of 120 points to be won irrespective of the number of the Tests that are being played in the series. For example, a two-match Test series will have 60 points for each win. For a three-match Test series, there will be 40 points to be won for each Test. For the four-match Test series, 30 points can be won for each Test. And for a five-match Test series, 24 points can be for won each Test.
Points system: 120 pts per series
|Length of series (Tests)||Win||Draw||Tie||Loss|
Any negative points?
Teams will be penalised for slow over-rates. A team will be penalised two points for every over it is behind at the end of the match.
How will the finalists be determined?
The top two teams in the group stage will play the final.
If the final ends in a draw or a tie
If the final ends in a tie or a draw, the finalists will be joint champions. A reserve day is also allocated. But it will be allowed only if the net playing time (6 hours & 5= 30 hours) is lost during the five days of play.
What is the duration of the WTC?
WTC starts from August 1 with the first Ashes Test and will go on till March 31, 2021. It will end in a final in June 2021.