ICC test points table. (Source: Twitter)

The COVID-19 outburst forced the postponment of a number of sporting events including the cricketing action. Now the coronavirus outbreak has also forced some changes in the World Test Championship.

“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.

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.

With this, Australia have gone at the first position while India who were earlier leading are now at two.


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