ICC Confirms World Test Championship To Go On

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ICC confirms World Testing Championship continues despite previous concerns that this month’s final between India and New Zealand could have been a one-off

  • The ICC has confirmed that the World Testing Championship will continue
  • Countries would earn points over six series, three at home and three away
  • Desire to make sure full-fledged countries have no reasons to drop Test cricket
  • India and New Zealand meet this month at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton

A senior member of the ICC’s Cricket Committee has confirmed that the World Testing Championship will go ahead, despite earlier concerns that this month’s final between India and New Zealand could be the only time the tournament will be played.

Sportsmail understands that the desire to ensure all full-fledged nations have no reason to drop Test cricket from their commitments is behind a plan that would see nations earn points over six series, three at home and three away.

A final would then probably take place in the summer of 2023.

The ICC Cricket Commission has confirmed the World Test Championship will go ahead

In November, Greg Barclay, the incoming CEO of the ICC, questioned whether the competition – which failed twice – was fit for purpose. Seven months later, the ICC sees the competition as vital to the continuation of Test cricket in an era dominated by big money Twenty20 franchises.

Previously, there were concerns that this month's final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton could be the only time the tournament will be played

Previously, there were concerns that this month’s final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton could be the only time the tournament will be played

According to the plans for the tournament, countries would earn points over six series, three at home and three away

According to the plans for the tournament, countries would earn points over six series, three at home and three away

“The competition will certainly continue,” said the committee member. “If this month’s finale was a one-off, what message would it send?

“If there is no competition to provide some sort of context for Tests, the fear would be that some countries would simply stop playing five-day cricket. “Continuing the tournament takes away that fear. It is seen as crucial to the future of Test match cricket.’

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