WTC finalists to be decided by percentage of points earned: Report

The committee also mulled with the idea of treating the Test matches, which could not be played due to the pandemic, as draws and split points but it was shot down.

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Virat Kohli-led India is scheduled to play four Tests in Australia.   -  Getty Images / Representative Image

The ICC will consider percentage of points earned from the contested matches in deciding the finalists of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC), which has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to an ESPNcricinfo report, this option was being considered by the ICC’s cricket committee for the first edition of the championship but a final decision will be taken by the chief executives’ committee this week.

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“Finalists for the World Test Championship (WTC) will be decided by the percentage of points they have earned from those they have actually contested for,” the report said.

The ICC’s last quarterly meeting of the year begins on Monday.

The report said that the committee also mulled with the idea of treating the Test matches, which could not be played due to the pandemic, as draws and split points but it was shot down.

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According to WTC, each of the nine top-ranked sides will play six series over two years with each series counting for a maximum of 120 points, distributed over the number of matches in the rubber.

The top two teams will make the final at Lord’s next June.

According to the new proposal, “If India loses all four Tests against Australia and wins all five against England, they’ll get to 480 points and 66.67 per cent.

“If they win all five against England and lose 3-1 to Australia, they’ll have 510 points and 70.83 per cent (marginally ahead of New Zealand’s maximum possible score).

“If India wins 5-0 against England and loses 2-0 to Australia, they’ll have 500 points and 69.44 per cent. So even two draws in Australia will not be enough for India if New Zealand sweeps 240 points at home.”

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Among other teams, New Zealand seems to have the most advantage as if they win their home series against West Indies and Pakistan then they will receive 420 points i.e 70 per cent and can finish in the top two and play the finals.

With India scheduled to play four Tests in Australia and then host England for five Tests, the results of the two series will decide the finalists of the inaugural WTC.

India has played four series so far and is currently at the top with 360 points, followed by Australia (296) and England (292).

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