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Australia jump past India as ICC tweaks World Test Championship rules

According to the new system, Australia jump past India to claim the top position.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 20, 2020 8:01:30 pm
ICC World Test ChampionshipICC World Test Championship standings – 19 Nov 2020. (ICC/Twitter)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced changes to the ICC World Test Championship points system that was amended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the new system, Australia jump past India to claim the top position.

The Board approved a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble, to change the competition terms for the event to determine how series affected by the global pandemic are accounted for on the points table.

“The unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 means, to date, just under half of the World Test Championship matches have been played, with that estimated to rise to more than 85% by the end of the competition window,” ICC said in a statement released.

“Current regulations dictate that matches not completed shall be treated as a draw with points split. The Cricket Committee considered maintaining that status quo or determining the final World Test Championship League standings from matches played,” it added.

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Teams will now be ranked in order of percentage of points earned.

“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,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.

“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,” he added.

The Board also confirmed that the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will move from its current slot at the end of 2022 to 9-26 February 2023.

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