On Wednesday, ICC announced the new points system for the second edition of WTC. It will begin from August 4, when India will meet England for a Test series, at Trent Bridge.
The old points system ended where each team was contested for 120 points, irrespective of no. of matches. In the new edition, each game will be contested for the same points. 12 points to win, four in case of a draw-match, and six points for a tie will be awarded. To determine standings, the percentage point system is still in use.
“We received feedback that the previous points system needed to be simplified. The Cricket Committee took this into consideration when proposing a new, standardized points system for each match,” said Geoff Allardice, ICC Acting Chief Executive.
“It maintained the principle of ensuring that all matches in a WTC series count towards a team’s standing, while accommodating series varying in length between two Tests and five Tests,” added Allardice.
ICC has drop-out the 24-point/match for five-match series, 30-points/match for four-match series, 40-points/match for three-match series, and 60-point/match system for two-match series.
“During the pandemic, we had to change to ranking teams on the points table using the percentage of available points won by each team, since all series could not be completed. This helped us determine the finalists and we were able to complete the championship within the scheduled time frame. This method also allowed us to compare the relative performance of teams at any time, regardless of how many matches they had played,” said Allardice on the new points system.
All top-nine test series playing nations competing for the World Test Championship will be going to host three series and play three series abroad. The championship cut-off date is decided on March 31, 2023.
“We know trying to defend the title will be a huge challenge, but our focus will be on making sure we prepare as well as we can for the tours ahead and trying to maintain our level of performance,” said Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain.