ICC launches World Test Championship: The ICC World Test Championship is set to get underway from August 1, 2019, as the world cricket body on Monday officially launched its inaugural edition. The championship will be featuring top nine teams which will play 27 series, comprising of 72 matches. The top two ranking teams will play the final of the ICC World Test Championship in June 2021. The final will be played at Lord’s like the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Here is all you need to know about ICC World Test Championship:
How teams were selected for the ICC World Test Championship?
The ICC selected the top-ranking nine teams as on March 31, 2018. These are India, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, and Sri Lanka.
Where and when will the ICC World Test Championship be played?
The matches will be played in different countries over the two years, starting from August 1, 2019, to June 2021. These longest format games will be played like any bilateral series to add context to the Test cricket.
How many matches will be played in each series of the ICC World Test Championship?
There will be a minimum of two-match series and a maximum of five. Some series will also have three or four matches. All the nine nations will play six each series — three home and three away.
How points will be given to the participating nations?
Each series will be having 120 points, distributed in total matches of the series. For instance, a four-match series will mean 30 points to each game. In case of a draw and a tie, both the teams will be awarded 10 and 15 points each respectively.
Here is the table which shows how the ts system works: