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‘Plans still in progress’ for Test Championship final

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The ICC says the World Test Championship (WTC) continues despite a setback in the Kovid-19 pandemic qualifying process.

It has wreaked havoc on the international calendar of the pandemic game, prompting the cancellation of several Test series and complicating the process of allocating WTC points from those matches.

Already this year, Australia’s tour of Bangladesh, England’s series against Sri Lanka, South Africa’s tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh’s campaigns against New Zealand and Sri Lanka have all been postponed.

The inaugural WTC Final will take place at Lord’s in June, with 14 bilateral series to be played before then, according to the original schedule.

“Planning is still in progress,” a spokesman for the International Cricket Council (ICC) said of the WTC final, without elaborating on how the point system would be rebuilt.

“There is likely to be more clarity in the coming days once all the partners are deployed. There will be an announcement about this soon.”

The ICC launched the WTC last year to provide context for bilateral Test series, with standalone showpieces such as the World Cup being given to this format in other formats.

Initially, the top nine teams decided to play six series in two years, with the first two places reaching the final at Lord’s.

India, who have played four series, are currently top of the WTC points table, behind Australia.

England played four matches, including the home series against the West Indies and Pakistan in July-August, and are third.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison underlined last week the challenge of hosting the WTC final.

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“We’re talking about a COVID environment, and when you subject COVID to a discussion like this, it changes everything,” he said.

“If you have two neutral teams that participate in that tournament and have the potential to play in a World Final in the UK, I am sure you want to know that you are safe and secure in the health environment you are going to. To. “

This year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia had to be postponed due to epidemics and forced restrictions.

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