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ICC To Review World Test Championship Schedule

New Delhi: Whereas everyone seems to be ready with bated breath for the ICC to announce the destiny of the T20 World Cup in October-November, the worldwide physique is not only fearful concerning the showpiece occasion in Australia. One other concern for them is the destiny of the inaugural version of the World Check Championship which is now set to endure a re-scheduling with the coronavirus pandemic forcing postponement and cancellation of Check collection.

Talking to IANS, an ICC official mentioned the FTP (Future Excursions Programme) will have to be labored on maintaining in thoughts the present state of affairs which has made it nearly inconceivable for nations to honour their bilateral commitments. However the identical might be carried out solely after understanding the general influence the pandemic has on the FTP.

“At this stage, nothing has modified; while we perceive how a lot cricket has been misplaced and when the T20 WC might be held. The disrupted FTP program would have to be collectively reviewed by to 2023 with a view to rescheduling as a lot of the cricket that has been postponed resulting from COVID-19 as doable.

“Discussions and choices on the way forward for each the World Check Championship and the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup Tremendous League might be held at a later date when there’s a higher understanding of the influence of the cricket that has been misplaced on the competitions,” the official mentioned.

An ICC board member confirmed that talks have been on relating to cancellation of Check matches as a result of pandemic within the current ICC conferences and the influence it would have in the end on the Check championship. However it is not going to be simple to remodel the calendar and can take time.

“Opposite to widespread perception, discussions have additionally been had on different vital issues other than the T20 World Cup. And as you might be conscious, the Check championship is one thing near all members. The championship lastly noticed the sunshine of day after being within the pipeline for fairly numerous years. So, it holds an vital place within the precedence listing of everybody as it’s the format which wants consideration.

“Whether or not the ICC will lastly rework the calendar to incorporate the matches missed or there might be a change within the factors system, these choices will have to be made by round October as a result of as issues stand, you can not actually have the unique plan getting you the specified end result. The coronavirus pandemic has harm the sport and you can not blame anybody for this.

“Regardless of the resolution, it should be taken in unison by the board members. There isn’t any two manner about the truth that the maiden championship must be accomplished on the earliest. However what you could additionally take into account is that transforming the schedule will want round 2-Three months as a result of, on the finish of the day, it’s the Check matches performed in a bilateral collection which make up the WTC so member nations should prioritise which collection they’ll play when,” the member defined.

India presently leads the WTC desk with 360 factors, adopted by Australia (296) and England (146).

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