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World Test Championship Finalists To Be Decided On Percentage

Indian Test team led by Virat Kohli (Credit: Twitter)

The World Test Championship finalists will be decided by every team ‘s percentage of points as per reports in ESPN Cricinfo. According to an ESPNcricinfo report, this option was being considered by the ICC’s cricket committee for the first edition of the championship but a final decision will be taken by the chief executives’ committee this week.

The ICC’s last quarterly meeting of the year begins on Monday. The report said that the committee also mulled with the idea of treating the Test matches, which could not be played due to the pandemic, as draws and split points but it was shot down.

“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.

India Tops World Test Championship Points Table

With India playing against Australia away from home and England at home, a lot of points are up for grabs for the Virat Kohli-led team. Since they are topping the table at the moment, a lot of permutations and combinations are in process for calculating the points to be earned from the two series.

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 percent. If they win all five against England and lose 3-1 to Australia, they’ll have 510 points and 70.83 percent (marginally ahead of New Zealand’s maximum possible score).

With New Zealand closely following India on the third position on the table, the contest is neck to neck among all the three teams.

“If they win all five against England and lose 3-1 to Australia, they’ll have 510 points and 70.83 percent (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 percent. So even two draws in Australia will not be enough for India if New Zealand sweep 240 points at home” the report further added.

Currently, India is leading the points table (360) despite the drought in cricket due to COVID-19. Australia (296) and New Zealand ( 292) are placed second and third respectively. India have played four series prior to the pandemic.