West Indies and India to kick off World Test Championshiphttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/west-indies-and-india-to-kick-off-world-test-championship-5778154/

West Indies and India to kick off World Test Championship

The first round of games in the International Test Championship will be played later this year, with the Windies set to host India.

India’s captain Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with his teammates during the tour of Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)

West Indies and India will kick off the new World Test Championship with two five-day matches in the Caribbean in late August and early September, Cricket West Indies announced on Wednesday.

The first Test will be played at Viv Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound on the island of Antigua from Aug. 22-26, followed by the second at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica from Aug. 30-Sept 2.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has created the World Test Championship in an effort to give the five-day game greater context and revive flagging interest in the longest format of the sport in many parts of the world.

To be played over the next two years, it will feature the top nine test-playing nations, each playing a series against six of the other eight teams.

Advertising

Each series will consist of between two and five matches, and although all teams will play six series, three at home and three away, they will not play the same number of tests.

Each team will be able to score a maximum of 120 points from each series and the two teams with the most points at the end of the league stage will contest the final in England in 2021 to determine the first ever world test champion.

World Cup 2019
  • world cup 2019 stats, cricket world cup 2019 stats, world cup 2019 statistics
  • world cup 2019 teams, cricket world cup 2019 teams, world cup 2019 teams list
  • world cup 2019 points table, cricket world cup 2019 points table, world cup 2019 standings
  • world cup 2019 schedule, cricket world cup 2019 schedule, world cup 2019 time table
  • world cup 2019, cricket world cup 2019 audio, world cup 2019 news

India’s tour of West Indies, which starts in Florida on Aug. 3, will also include three Twenty20 Internationals and three one-day internationals.

Follow the Cricket World Cup 2019 live updates and real-time analysis on IndianExpress.com. Check the ICC Cricket World 2019 Schedule, Teams and Points Table.