Chief executives of Test taking part in nations will attend a convention name subsequent week to discuss the impression of the Covid–19 pandemic on the Future Tours Program (FTP). Foremost on the agenda would be the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) that’s now doubtful. The ultimate is scheduled for June subsequent 12 months.
India lead the WTC desk with 360 factors. Australia, mendacity second (296 factors), have already misplaced an opportunity to topple India as leaders after the postponement of its two-Test collection in Bangladesh scheduled for June. England’s tour of Sri Lanka too was postponed, with extra disruptions on the playing cards. With the UK authorities extending the lockdown until May 7 and an additional extension looming, the tours of West Indies and Pakistan to England in June-July are set to be affected.
“Currently, nobody knows how long this is going to last and which country will be able to come out of it, and when. The FTP will have to be revisited as members start to understand what can be rescheduled and what can’t,” a supply shut to developments mentioned.
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The two-12 months WTC cycle started after the 2019 ODI World Cup with every group to play six Test series–three at house and three away. The debate over the factors system however, the postponements have left the WTC cycle itself in tatters. With India and Australia nicely positioned on the desk, they might make a case for extending the cycle past June 2021 reasonably than scrapping the championship.
The first ODI league set to start in May is to give context to bilateral ODIs and can function a qualifying pathway to the 2023 World Cup. It will now be deferred.
When scramble to e book alternate slots in a submit-pandemic world begins, industrial issues will dictate planning. The precedence of the massive three boards (India, Australia, England) is to minimise losses. BCCI wants to discover a window for its premier occasion, IPL. WTC or not, India would need the 11 house matches (three T20s, three ODIs, 5 Tests) towards England in 20-21 to occur given the board’s excessive-worth media rights deal.
Cricket Australia depends closely on the 12 months-ending tour by India to forestall an additional dent in its stability sheet. The England board, ECB, is the worst affected as its complete house season, together with the inaugural ‘The Hundred’, is doubtful.
That raises questions concerning the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. The affected boards, at the very least the highly effective ones, which stand to make more cash from cricket at house than from the share of ICC income, could also be eager to e book their very own window in place of the World Cup.
With India to host a T20 World Cup in 2021, ICC is taking a look at a number of situations. “We are continuing with our planning for ICC events as they are but given the rapidly evolving situation, as a prudent and responsible measure we are also undertaking a comprehensive contingency planning exercise… We will continue to take advice from experts and authorities, including the Australian government, and take decisions at the appropriate time,” an ICC spokesman mentioned.