The concluding of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) stays on target to be held in June subsequent yr regardless of the disruption triggered to the qualifying course of by the COVID-19 pandemic, cricket’s governing body informed Reuters on Tuesday.
The pandemic performed havoc with the game’s worldwide calendar, prompting cancellation of a variety of take a look at collection and complicating the method of allocating WTC factors from these matches within the course of.
“The planning is still in progress,” a spokesman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated of the WTC concluding, with out elaborating how the purpose system could be reworked.
“There is likely to be more clarity in the coming days once all stakeholders are aligned. There will be an announcement on this soon.”
This yr’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia needed to be postponed due to the pandemic and the restrictions it pressured.
The ICC launched the WTC last yr to lend context to bilateral take a look at collection, giving the format its standalone showpiece just like the World Cup in different codecs.
Originally, 9 top-ranked sides had been scheduled to play six collection over two years with the highest two making the ultimate at Lord’s.
India presently prime the WTC factors desk, having performed 4 collection, adopted by Australia who’ve performed one fewer.
England have performed 4, together with residence collection in opposition to West Indies and Pakistan in July-August, and are third.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief government Tom Harrison last week underlined the logistical problem of hosting the WTC concluding.
“We are talking about a COVID environment, and when you put COVID into a negotiation like this, it changes everything,” he stated.
“If you are taking part in that fixture and you have potentially two neutral teams playing a world final in the UK, I’m pretty sure you’d want to know you are safe and protected when it comes to the health environment you are heading into.”