The International Cricket Council (ICC) will consider percentage of points earned from the contested matches in order to decide the teams that make it to the finals of the first World Test Championship, affected by the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, the ICC Cricket Committee has considered this option for the tournament, but the final decision will be taken by the Chief Executive Committee this week.
According to the report, the teams that make it to the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC) can be decided on the basis of the percentage of points earned from the matches played by them. The last quarterly meeting of the ICC will begin on Monday.
“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 report further said that the committee also considered the option of considering matches not played due to the epidemic and sharing points but it was rejected. According to the WTC, each of the top-ranked nine teams play six series in two years, with a maximum of 120 points at stake in each series. The top two teams will make it to the final at Lord’s in June next year.
According to the new proposal, “If India lose all four Tests against Australia and win 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 win 5-0 against England and lose 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 sweep 240 points at home.”
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According to the new proposal, if India loses all four Tests against Australia and wins all five Tests against England, then they will get 480.66.67 points. If India wins all five Tests against England and loses 1-3 to Australia that would be 510 or 70.83 percentage points, which would be slightly more than the maximum possible percentage of New Zealand.
If India defeats England 5–0 and loses 0–2 to Australia, they will have 500 points or 69.44 percentage points. This means that if New Zealand scores 240 points indoors, even two draws in Australia will not be enough for India.
Among other teams, the team of New Zealand is in the most advantageous position. If the team sweeps in the home series against the West Indies and Pakistan, then it will get 420 points which is 70 percent and the team will play the final, making it to the top two.