ICC World Test Championship : Virat Kohli’s team India slips to number 2 as ICC implements new point formula

ICC World Test Championship: The two finalists of the ongoing, inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) will now be decided by the ‘Percentage of Points earned’. ICC’s cricket committee headed by Anil Kumble has chosen this option for the first edition of a disrupted WTC. The ICC Board has approved the recommendations made by the cricket committee.

The new points formula has resulted in team India slipping to number 2 in the points table behind Australia.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “Both the Cricket Committee and Chief Executive Committee supporte the approach of ranking teams based on completed matches and points earned as this reflects their performance and doesn’t disadvantage teams that have been unable to complete all their matches through no fault of their own”

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As per the new standings, Australia have moved over India in the World Test Championship table. Australia have a points percentage of 0.822, while India with a points percentage of 0.75 have moved down to No. 2.

Teams Series Played Pts Contested Pts Won Pts %
Australia 3 360 296 82.22
India 4 480 360 75
England 4 480 292 60.83
New Zealand 3 360 180 50
Pakistan 3.5 420 166 39.52
Sri Lanka 2 240 80 33.33
West Indies 2 240 40 16.67
South Africa 2 240 24 10
Bangladesh 2.5 180 0 0

 

As per the original WTC format, the nine top-ranked sides were scheduled to play six series over two years with the top two making the final at Lord’s.

However, some of the games of the competition got postponed or cancelled owing to the pandemic and initially, there were reports which suggested that the ICC were planning to split points for those games, but it is now believed that the idea has been squashed, with the ‘percentage of points earned’ method taking precedence.

There was also a proposal among the ICC members to tweak the schedule and have two semi-finals and a final but it was rejected.