The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a new scoring system and schedule for the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle. Each team will receive 12 points for winning, 6 points for a tie, 4 points for a draw, and 0 points for a defeat. A win gives the team 100 per cent of the points, 50 per cent for a tie and 33.3 per cent for a draw.
In the first cycle of the WTC, the maximum points for each series were 120 points, so the team that played the five-match test series was at a disadvantage compared to the team that played the two-match series.
“We’ve received feedback that the previous scoring system needs to be simplified,” said Geoff Allardice, ICC Acting Chief Executive.
“The Cricket Committee has taken this into account by proposing a new standardized points system for every match. It adhered to the principle of ensuring that all matches in the WTC series count towards the team’s standing, with series of varying length between the two tests and the five tests taken into account.”
“During the pandemic, we had to move to rank the teams in the points table using the percentage of available points each team scored as all series could not be completed. This helped us identify the finalists, and we were able to complete the championship on schedule. This method also allowed us to compare the relative performance of teams at any given time, no matter how many matches they played,” Allardice added.
Nine test teams will compete for the test mace, as each team will play six series each over a two-year period. The first series of WTC 2021-23 will be a five-game series between England and India.
The deadline for all series is March 31, 2023.
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