ENG vs IND to kickstart second WTC Cycle; new points system to be introduced

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 31: England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli hold the series trophy at Edgbaston on July 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The upcoming five-match test series between England and India will flag off the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC). The ICC also intends to implement a new points system that will allot points per match instead of assigning points to the fate of the entire series. 

Each team in the World Test Championship will play six series, three home and three away. England will have to partake in two five-match test series against India and Australia, and hence, are also the team with the highest number of fixtures in the schedule with 21. India comes a close second with 19 tests while Bangladesh have been assigned to play 12 tests.

While England partakes in two of the only five-match test series in the cycle, the majority of the series are comprised of two and three test matches. The Border-Gavaskar series in India will be the only four-match test series on the list.

The new points system will assign points per match, and the standings will be decided on the percentage of points they were able to amass from the total available and possible tally.

A win will be worth 12 points in WTC 2 while a draw will dish out 4 points to each side. In an instance of the tie, both teams will be awarded 6 points apiece.

Moreover, teams will also be penalized for slow over rates. A point will be tocked from their tally for each over the team falls behind by.

While there have been suggestions to hold a three-match WTC Final instead of the game, the schedule for the final and the venue are yet to be decided.

“Instead of each series being worth the same number of points, 120, irrespective of whether the series is played over two Tests or five Tests, the next cycle will see each match being worth the same number of points – a maximum of 12 per match.

Teams will be ranked on the percentage of available points they won from the matches they have played. The aim was to try and simplify the points system and to allow teams to be meaningfully compared on the table at any point, though they may have played differing numbers of matches and series.” ICC’s acting chief executive officer Geoff Allardice said to ESPN Cricinfo

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