ICC race against time to complete World Test Championship as per schedule
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
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Published: March 27, 2020 3:09:53 am


ICC has determined not even to deliberate the way forward for the continued World Test Championship. 

Following the postponement of all qualifying occasions for Associate members for the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2023 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has determined not even to deliberate the way forward for the continued World Test Championship (WTC) throughout its Board assembly on March 29. The recreation’s world physique continues to be optimistic about holding this yr’s T20 World Cup in Australia as per schedule – in October-November – however given the worldwide unfold of coronavirus, uncertainty stays.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all skilled cricket within the nation till May 28 and with England scheduled to play their first Test of a three-match collection against the West Indies on June 4, on the Oval, transforming the WTC calendar seems extremely possible.

Bangladesh, too, are scheduled to host Australia for a two-Test collection in June and if all these collection are deferred, there may not be sufficient time to accommodate all of the collection for all 9 groups by March 2021. The first cycle of the WTC ends in March subsequent yr, with the ultimate due in June. Teams are supposed to play six collection every.

When contacted by The Indian Express, a prime ICC official stated the upcoming Board assembly, by way of convention name, is unlikely to focus on a WTC rescheduling. “Those matters will not be taken up now. The upcoming meetings will deal with urgent matters like approval of the accounts, audited statements etc. that are required for Annual Conference,” the official stated.

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Asked if the ICC would take care of the problems throughout its conferences in May, the official stated: “Let’s see what happens. It depends on the situation of the globe (with regards to the coronavirus outbreak).”

At the second, India prime the WTC desk with 360 factors. But Australia breathe down their neck with 296 factors and all different groups have the chance to climb up the ladder, provided that they’ve sufficient video games in hand. With no timeline out there for the coronavirus drawback to run its course, the ICC, it’s learnt, will take into consideration the longer term solely after cricket resumes.

According to Dr Frank Atherton, the chief medical officer for Wales, the coronavirus outbreak may peak in UK in May-June. “The best guess is then a period of six to eight weeks of quite significant levels of transmission in the UK, with a tapering perhaps in July and August… So an upsurge in April, possible peak in May-June and a downturn later in the year,” Dr Atherton instructed reporters at Cardiff earlier this month.

Little surprise then that the All England Club has known as an emergent assembly subsequent week to determine whether it is even viable to maintain this yr’s Wimbledon, due to begin on June 29. The International Olympic Committee in settlement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already determined to defer the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – due to start on July 24 – till the summer time of 2021.

Against this backdrop, the ICC might need a race against time to complete the primary WTC cycle throughout the scheduled March 2021 deadline. This paper understands that if there’s not sufficient time to accommodate all of the collection, all the cycle could be stretched. Then once more, with the present Future Tours Programme (FTP) ending in 2023, an extension of the continued WTC cycle may create a major problem by way of holding the second version of the Test Championship, due from 2021-2023, inside the present rights cycle.

As each staff nonetheless has a good probability to attain the WTC ultimate – prime two groups will get there – selecting the finalists based mostly on present standings shouldn’t be an possibility. In worst-case state of affairs, declaring all the first cycle null and void, topic to the ICC Board’s approval, shouldn’t be dominated out.

“I think it is too soon to make a call on what happens,” a Pakistan Cricket Board official instructed this paper.

2020 T20 World Cup

The 2020 ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15. However, the Scott Morrison authorities in Australia has imposed a Covid-19 journey ban for all non-residents and non-citizens, which might stay for six months or longer. And this places a query mark over the T20 World Cup, though the event continues to be seven months away.

“We are monitoring the situation closely with relevant authorities and will continue to do so. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled,” an occasion spokesperson instructed The Indian Express.

Meanwhile, in a press launch the ICC acknowledged: “After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority, all ICC qualifying events due to take place before 30 June will be postponed subject to further review. The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice.”

This places on maintain eight qualifying tournaments involving Associate members.

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