The governing body of cricket told Reuters on Tuesday that the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) is to be held in June next year, despite disruptions caused by the qualifying process by the COVID-19 epidemic.
The epidemic wreaked havoc with the game’s international calendar, which led to the cancellation of several Test series and in the process complicated the process of allocating WTC points from those matches.
A spokesman for the International Cricket Council (ICC), referring to the WTC final, said, “The plan is still on.”
“There is likely to be more clarity in the coming days after all stakeholders are aligned. It will be announced soon. “
This year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia had to be postponed due to an epidemic and banning it.
The ICC last year launched the WTC to lend in terms of a bilateral test series, making the format a standalone showpiece like the World Cup in other formats.
Originally, the nine top-ranked sides were scheduled to play six series in two years and make the final over the Lords in the top two.
India currently top the WTC points table having played four series, followed by Australia with fewer than one match.
England have played four and finished third, including the home series against the West Indies and Pakistan in July-August.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison outlined the logical challenge of hosting the WTC final last week.
“We’re talking about a COVID environment, and when you put COVID in a dialogue like this, it changes everything,” he said.
“If you’re participating in that fixture and you have potentially two neutral teams playing the World Finals in the UK, I’m pretty sure you want to know that you’re safe and protected when it comes to your health. Comes to the area. In. “
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