ICC WTC Final, Date, Schedule, Team, Player, Points Table, ICC World Test Championship all details.
ICC WTC: The International Cricket Council (ICC) back in 2012 initiated the ideas to revive the longest and oldest form of cricket. Test Cricket was being overshadowed by the shorter formats, especially league cricket.
The idea to revive test cricket was soon brought into force as ICC introduced the World Test Championship to determine the World Test Champions.
Earlier the test champions were announced and given the Test Mace (Test Trophy) on the basis of Test team ranking, however, this idea didn’t look feasible in the long run.
After two failed attempts to organise the ICC Test event in 2013 and 2017, ICC on 1 August 2019, ICC officially announced the ICC World Test Championship under which all the participating teams will play at least six test series.
A test series comprises two test games to five test games depending upon the two teams. The points were also divided on the basis of games played and matches won.
Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
The points for the World test Championship were earlier awarded on the basis of the number of matches won by a team.
For a two games test series, the ICC awarded 60 points on a win, 30 points on a tie or draw and nil on losing the game. Similarly, for a three games Test series between two teams, the global body awarded 40 points on a win, 20 points on a draw or a tie while nothing on loss.
The four games Test series had 30 points on win, 15 points on a tie or a draw while nil for loss and for a five games test series, teams were awarded 24 points for a win, 12 points for a tie, 08 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
|Matches in series||Points for a win||Points for a tie||Points for a draw||Points for a defeat|
The points distribution initially looked good for the teams and India were leading the charts in all the aspects.
The dreaded pandemic then arrived and it changed the whole dynamics of the tournament. The ICC was forced to make some amendments to the points table and its distribution as most of the tours and test series got cancelled or postponed.
The ICC came up with the idea of implementing a winning percentage system rather than points on a win.
The Percentage of Points (POP) system had the idea of arranging the teams in the points table on the basis of the percentage of points earned by a particular side out of the total number of points contented.
Let’s understand it with an example. India played six series in the World Test Championship, which means, a total of 720 points were at stake for India out of which India won 520 points. By this, the total win percentage of India comes out to be 72.2 per cent.
The final of the ICC World Test Championship will be held between India and New Zealand. The game will begin on June 18th at Rose Bowl Southampton.
Match: India vs New Zealand
Day/Date: Friday- Tuesday, Jun 18- Jun 22.
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Time: 3:30 PM (10:00 AM GMT / 11:00 AM LOCAL).
According to the weather forecast, the fans will be disappointed. On June 18 and 19, the forecast predicted that Southampton would be hit by a thunderstorm with an 80 per cent chance of rain.
All the five days of play will have some rain spells.
In case of time lost due to bad weather, the ICC has already kept a reserve day on June 23 to make up for any time lost.
|Starting date||Series name||Teams||No. of matches|
|1 Aug 2019||The Ashes||England v Australia||5|
|14 Aug 2019||NZ tour of SL 2019||Sri Lanka v New Zealand||2|
|22 Aug 2019||IND tour of WI 2019||West Indies v India||2|
|02 Oct 2019||Freedom Trophy||India v South Africa||3|
|14 Nov 2019||BAN tour of IND 2019||India v Bangladesh||2|
|21 Nov 2019||ENG tour of NZ 2019||New Zealand v England||2|
|21 Nov 2019||PAK tour of AUS 2019||Australia v Pakistan||2|
|12 Dec 2019||Trans-Tasman Trophy||Australia v New Zealand||3|
|26 Dec 2019||Basil D’Oliveira Trophy||South Africa v England||4|
|7 Feb 2020||BAN tour of PAK 2020||Pakistan v Bangladesh||2|
|21 Feb 2020||IND tour of NZ 2020||New Zealand v India||2|
|19 Mar 2020||ENG tour of SL 2020||Sri Lanka v England||2|
|8 Jul 2020||WI tour of ENG 2020||England v West Indies||4|
|5 Aug 2020||PAK tour of ENG 2020||England v Pakistan||3|
|17 Dec 2020||Border Gavaskar Trophy||Australia v India||4|
|3 Dec 2020||WI tour of NZ 2020||New Zealand v West Indies||3|
|26 Dec 2020||PAK tour of NZ 2020||New Zealand v Pakistan||2|
|26 Dec 2020||SL tour of SA 2021||South Africa v Sri Lanka||2|
|14 Jan 2021||ENG tour of SL 2021||England v Sri Lanka||2|
|3 Feb 2021||WI tour of BAN 2021||Bangladesh v West Indies||3|
|5 Feb 2021||ENG tour of IND 2021||India v England||5|
|26 Jan 2021||SA tour of PAK 2021||Pakistan v South Africa||2|
|21 March 2021||SL tour of WI 2021||West Indies v Sri Lanka||2|
|21 April 2021||BAN tour of SL 2021||Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||2|
|18 Jun 2021||India vs New Zealand 2021 (Final)||India vs New Zealand||1|
Australian dashing batsman Marnus Labuschagne is the leading run-getter in the ICC World Test Championship. Labuschagne scored 1,675 runs in 13 test games at an average of 72.82.
Joe Root followed the lead of his Aussie counterpart. Root is the second-highest run-getter with 1,660 runs in 20 test games for England.
He is followed by Steve Smith (1,341 runs), Ben Stokes (1,334 runs) and Ajinkya Rahane (1,095 runs).
The chart of most wickets is led by Australian pacer Pat Cummins with 70 Test wickets in 14 games. Cummins is also leading the ICC Test Bowlers Ranking.
He is followed by English pacer Stuart Broad with 69 wickets in 16 test games.
Indian spinner R Ashwin is at three with 67 wickets while Nathan Lyon and Tim Southee are at four and five with 56 and 51 test wickets respectively.
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli ©, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami.
Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Will Young.
Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.