What is the ICC World Test Championship?
The World Test Championship comprises nine teams, selected on the basis of their position in the ICC Test Team Rankings as of March 31, 2018. Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies are the teams who will be competing in the WTC.
Each of these nine teams will play three home and three away series over the course of the next two years. The matches will be played just like any other bilateral series but with the added context of a competition and one champion team. The nine teams will participate in 27 series amongst themselves and the top two teams will compete in the Test Championship final in the UK in June 2021.
How does the league format work?
Each of the nine teams will play three home and three away series with the opponents decided on the basis of a mutual agreement within existing frameworks of member rights agreements. The number of matches in each of the 27 bilateral series vary from two to five. These Tests will generally be a five-day affair. Any series will only include day-night matches, based on the mutual agreement of the two opponents.
|SL v NZ (2019), WI v IND (2019)||IND v SA (2019)||SA v ENG (2019-20)||ENG v AUS (2019)|
|PAK v SL (2019), IND v BAN (2019)||AUS v NZ (2019-20)||AUS v IND (2020-21)||IND v ENG (2021)|
|AUS v PAK (2019), PAK v BAN (2020)||ENG v WI (2020)|
|NZ v IND (2020), SL v ENG (2020)||SL v BAN (2020)|
|BAN v AUS (2020), WI v SA (2020)||ENG v PAK (2020)|
|BAN v NZ (2020), NZ v WI (2020)||BAN v WI (2021)|
|NZ v PAK (2020), SA v SL (2021)||SA v AUS (2021)|
|PAK v SA (2021), WI v SL (2021)|
Here’s how many matches each team will play…
- England: 22
- Australia: 19
- India: 18
- South Africa: 16
- West Indies: 15
- New Zealand: 14
- Bangladesh: 14
- Pakistan: 13
- Sri Lanka: 13
How does the points system work?
Each of the 27 Test series that will be played consists of 120 points, divided between the number of matches in the contest. Hence, for a two-match series, the winner of each game will get 60 points; while for a five-match series, the number of points on offer will be 24. In case of a tie, half of the total points will be offered to either side, while for a draw, one-third of the available points for the match will be given to both sides.
Distribution of points in ICC World Test Championship
|Matches in a series||Points for a win||Points for a tie||Points for a draw||Points for a defeat|
What will happen if the final ends in a draw or is tied?
In case of a draw or a tie in the final, the team with more number of points in the league phase will be handed the Test Championship Trophy.
Are all Test matches part of the World Test Championship?
No, Test matches played between or against teams other than the aforementioned nine nations will not be counted as part of the World Test championship.
What about the ICC Test Team Rankings?
The rankings system will continue as usual and points will be added to the winning team at the end of each series whether involving two WTC nations or not. The WTC will have a separate points table.