October 13, 2020 4:13:15 pm
The ultimate of the inaugural World Take a look at Championship (WTC) stays on the right track to be held in June subsequent 12 months regardless of the disruption induced to the qualifying course of by the COVID-19 pandemic, cricket’s governing physique instructed Reuters on Tuesday.
The pandemic performed havoc with the sport’s worldwide calendar, prompting cancellation of quite a lot of Take a look at sequence and complicating the method of allocating WTC factors from these matches within the course of.
“The planning continues to be in progress,” a spokesman of the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) mentioned of the WTC last, with out elaborating how the purpose system could be reworked.
“There may be more likely to be extra readability within the coming days as soon as all stakeholders are aligned. There will likely be an announcement on this quickly.”
This 12 months’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia needed to be postponed due to the pandemic and the restrictions it pressured.
The ICC launched the WTC final 12 months to lend context to bilateral Take a look at sequence, giving the format its standalone showpiece just like the World Cup in different codecs.
Initially, 9 top-ranked sides have been scheduled to play six sequence over two years with the highest two making the ultimate at Lord’s.
India presently prime the WTC factors desk, having performed 4 sequence, adopted by Australia who’ve performed one fewer.
England have performed 4, together with dwelling sequence towards West Indies and Pakistan in July-August, and are third.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief govt Tom Harrison final week underlined the logistical problem of internet hosting the WTC last.
“We’re speaking a few COVID setting, and if you put COVID right into a negotiation like this, it modifications every thing,” he mentioned.
“If you’re collaborating in that fixture and you’ve got doubtlessly two impartial groups enjoying a world last within the UK, I’m fairly positive you’d need to know you’re protected and guarded relating to the well being setting you’re heading into.”
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