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ICC Announced New Points System For Next World Test Championship Cycle

  • Jul 15, 2021
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The ICC in Wednesday authoritatively affirmed that groups will be granted normalized 12 focuses for a success, four for a draw and six for a tie during the subsequent World Test Championship cycle which starts with the five-match series among India and England in August. The ICC further said that level of focuses won will be utilized to decide standings in the 2021-23 cycle. Prior, each Test series conveyed a worth of 120 focuses which prompted a certain imbalance in the table as a group winning a Test in a two-match series got 60 focuses contrasted with five-game series where a Test win is esteemed at 24 focuses.

PTI had last month announced that ICC was set to present the new normalized focuses framework for the subsequent WTC cycle soon.

ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said the progressions were made to work on the focuses framework while taking learnings from the interruption last year.

"We got criticism that the past focuses framework should have been improved. The Cricket Committee thought about this while proposing another, normalized focuses framework for each match. It kept up with the guideline of guaranteeing that all matches in a WTC series tally towards a group's standing while at the same time obliging series fluctuating long between two Tests and five Tests," Allardice said in an ICC proclamation.

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"During the pandemic, we needed to change to positioning groups on the focuses table utilizing the level of accessible focuses won by each group, since everything series couldn't be finished.

"This assisted us with deciding the finalists and we had the option to finish the title inside the planned time span. This strategy likewise permitted us to think about the general execution of groups whenever paying little heed to the number of matches they had played."

Aside from the India-England series, the Ashes in the not so distant future will be the solitary another five-match issue in the second cycle which will end in June 2023.

Australia's visit through India one year from now is the lone four-Test series in the forthcoming cycle.

The nine Test groups will play an aggregate of six series - three home and three away actually like the past version.

India chief Virat Kohli said after losing the debut WTC last to New Zealand, he anticipates that his side should refocus with "new energy" in the new cycle, which starts with the primary Test against England beginning August 4.

"It was extraordinary to have played the last of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand in what was a noteworthy challenge. Not simply the last, we saw the assurance of players all through the principal version of the title," Kohli said.

"The accompanying of cricket sweethearts also was incredible to see, and I am certain they will all be standing by enthusiastically for the subsequent release. We will pull together with new energy for the following cycle beginning with our series against England."

Defending champ New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said WTC has restored individuals' advantage in the conventional organization of the game.

"It was clearly beautiful uncommon to win the debut ICC World Test Championship in Southampton last month and it's invigorating to now look forward to the subsequent version.

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"The WTC has absolutely added more setting and carried new importance to Test cricket and it was marvellous to see the premium that was created around the Final against India," he said.

"We know attempting to shield the title will be a gigantic test, however, our attention will be on ensuring we get ready also as we can for the visits ahead and attempting to keep up with our degree of execution."

Britain chief Joe Root portrays the impending five-Test duel against India as a "fascinating test".

"We start our mission in the second release of the ICC World Test Championship against the finalists of last time, which is an intriguing test straight away," he said.

"India is a fine all-round side and it is nice to test them in our home conditions. We barely passed up fitting the bill for the last time and are hoping to improve this time."