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Per­cent­ages to de­ter­mine WTC fi­nal­ists

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DUBAI: Teams will be ranked based on the per­cent­age of points earned from com­pleted matches to de­ter­mine the fi­nal­ists of the in­au­gu­ral World Test Championsh­ip next year, the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Council said on Thurs­day.

The sport’s global govern­ing body also de­cided at its board meet­ing to shift the women’s Twenty20 World Cup, orig­i­nally sched­uled for 2022 in South Africa, to 2023.

The change in WTC rule, prompted by the dis­rup­tion caused by the Covid19 pan­demic, al­lowed Aus­tralia (82.22%) to leapfrog In­dia (75%) to the top of the stand­ings even though Vi­rat Kohli’s men had ac­cu­mu­lated more points.

Eng­land (60.83) is third, fol­lowed by New Zealand (50).

ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive Manu Sawh­ney said rank­ing teams based on points earned from com­pleted matches re­flected their per­for­mance and ‘‘doesn’t dis­ad­van­tage teams that have been un­able to com­pete all of their matches through no fault of their own’’.

The ICC board also de­cided against ex­tend­ing the WTC cy­cle to al­low teams to com­plete their quota of matches.

‘‘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,’’ Sawh­ney said.

Six test se­ries, in­clud­ing four in­volv­ing Bangladesh, have been post­poned or can­celled be­cause of the pan­demic.

The nine top test teams were orig­i­nally sched­uled to play six se­ries each over two years in the WTC, the top two mak­ing the show­case fi­nal in Lon­don.

The ICC also de­cided against putting three ma­jor women’s events in 2022, shift­ing the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa to 2023.

Next year’s 50­overs World Cup in New Zealand had al­ready been post­poned to 2022 fol­low­ing the Covid­19 cri­sis.

Women’s cricket will also make its Com­mon­wealth Games de­but in Birm­ing­ham in 2022. — Reuters

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