The International Cricket Council (ICC) took a final call on today the ICC World Test Championship points system on Thursday. The points table will be altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board approved the recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble. The committee had proposed to consider the percentage of points earned from the contested matches to decide the finalists of the World Test Championship.
Multiple series of the World Test Championship matches had been delayed due to COVID-19 affected, which won’t be completed.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said “Both the Cricket Committee and Chief Executives Committee supported the approach of ranking teams based on completed matches and points earned as this reflects their performance and doesn’t disadvantage teams that have been unable to compete all of their matches through no fault of their own.
“We explored a whole range of options, but our Members felt strongly that we should proceed as planned with the first ever World Test Championship Final in June next year.”
The ICC also confirmed that the Women’s T20 World Cup, due to take place at the end of 2022, has been moved to February-March 2023 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken keeping in mind that two major women’s events (women’s world cup and B Commonwealth games) are already scheduled in 2022 while no major women’s events was planned for the year 2023.
Manu Sawhney said: “Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels. Firstly, it will provide a better workload balance for players giving them the best possible opportunity to perform to the highest levels on a global stage. Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term.”