The final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship will now be played from June 18 to June 22 with June 23 being a reserve day.
The decider match was originally scheduled to be held from June 10 to 14 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. According to the reports it is been said that it was done by keeping in mind the proximity between the WTC finals & the final of the 2021 edition of the IPL whose dates are yet to be announced officially by keeping in mind any quarantine the players might have to go through in view of the current pandemic situation.
Currently India & New Zealand are occupying top spots in the WTC Standings. Virat Kohli’s team has 430 points after playing five series while New Zealand have 420 points after playing five series. India will be playing one more test series against England as part of WTC & Australia who are currently on third spot will face South Africa. Australia will have to defeat South Africa if they want to make it to the finals of WTC.
Last year ICC made a major change in the point rating system of WTC due to the coronavirus pandemic. The WTC table has now been revised to rank teams on the basis of the percentage of points earned from the series being played meaning teams are ranked in order of percentage of points earned. Earlier in the day, ECB on Monday confirmed that England will start their home International Summer with a two match test series against New Zealand starting from June 2.
England will host New Zealand which is number one test side for two test matches at Lord’s (June 2-6) and Edgbaston (June 10-14). The test championship is not just a tournament close to the ICC’s heart ever star players like Kohli have made it clear that how it is an integral part of the system & winning it would be the ultimate aim of his side.
“I think Test Championship, as an ICC tournament, should be right up there. All the other tournaments, for me, start under that. This is going to be the biggest of them all. Every team wants to make it to the final at Lord’s. And we are not any different. We want those points and make sure that we qualify as early as we can, and be in that frame of mind to hopefully win that,” he had said.