The International Cricket Council (ICC), officially flagged off the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) on Monday.
Officially starting on August 1, the WTC will witness the top nine Test teams (according the ICC Test team rankings as on March 31, 2018) – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – compete in 71 Test matches spread across 27 series in various continents. The tournament will be played over a span of two years, culminating with the top two teams contesting for the title in a final in June 2021 in the United Kingdom.
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— ICC (@ICC) July 29, 2019
The Host Board will be responsible for all the organizational matters that include venues, ticketing, broadcast, etc. However, the ICC will be overtaking the responsibility of the competition through providing match officials besides making sure that the matches are played in accordance with the WTC playing conditions and terms. Furthermore, the ICC will also be responsible for delivering the finals.
“The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this summer showed just how important it is for every game to count and for the world’s best teams to go head-to-head. The World Test Championship will bring relevance and context to bilateral Test cricket over the next two years, creating a pinnacle event for the five-day format, just as the World Cups for men and women do in the ODI and T20I formats,” Geoff Allardice, the ICC General Manager of Cricket Operations, said.
— ICC (@ICC) July 29, 2019
What is the Schedule?
The World Test Championships, which starts from 1st August, 2019, will be happening in two year cycles. The first one will be running until March 31, 2021. The second one is scheduled to take place between June 2021 and April 30, 2023.
Where to watch the World Test Championships?
The broadcast rights for series belong with the Host Member Board.
This means that the Indian leg of the series can be watched on Star Network and Hotstar while the away series (of Team India) can be viewed on Sony Network. The ICC holds the rights for the WTC Final to be held in June 2021.
League Format of WTC
The WTC will be following a league format with each of the nine teams playing three home and three away series. The opponents are supposed to decide by mutual agreement about the schedule of the same. Furthermore, the number of matches to be played in each series may vary from a minimum of two games to a maximum five matches.
There is also an arrangement for day-night matches, again subject to bilateral as well as mutual agreement between the opponents.
2- Test Series
SL v NZ (2019), WI v IND (2019), PAK v SL (2019), IND v BAN (2019), AUS v PAK (2019), PAK v BAN (2020), NZ v IND (2020), SL v ENG (2020), BAN v AUS (2020), WI v SA (2020), BAN v NZ (2020), NZ v WI (2020), NZ v PAK (2020), SA v SL (2021), PAK v SA (2021), and WI v SL (2021)
IND v SA (2019), AUS v NZ (2019-20), ENG v WI (2020), SL v BAN (2020), ENG v PAK (2020), BAN v WI (2021), and SA v AUS (2021)
SA v ENG (2019-20), and AUS v IND (2020-21)
ENG v AUS (2019), and IND v ENG (2021)
The Point System
Each team plays six series. Each of these series counts for 120 points. These points will be distributed over the number of games played in a series. For example, if it is a two-match series, 60 points will be assigned for each Test. Similarly, a three-match series means 40 points going to each Test match.
Distribution of points in ICC World Test Championship
|Matches in series||Points for a win||Points for a tie||Points for a draw||Points for a defeat|