LONDON: Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s normal supervisor cricket operations has mentioned that the World Take a look at Championship (WTC) is continuing as deliberate and the destiny of the ultimate is determined by what number of postponed sequence might be […]
The finals of the WTC is slated to be performed in June 2021 with every of the highest ten groups having performed six residence sequence and 6 away sequence over a two-year interval.
However the schedule has been thrown into disarray as a result of coronavirus pandemic and few of the Take a look at sequence have been postponed this 12 months.
“We’re in discussions with the members now with the rescheduling of the sequence which have been postponed thus far. With the English summer time trying like getting each the Take a look at sequence by, the subsequent ones I do know there’s been some discuss within the media about West Indies v South Africa wish to discover a appropriate time. However outdoors that sequence, the subsequent scheduled ones are in late November in New Zealand. So, the main target will come again on the six postponed sequence and once they may be capable of be replayed,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Allardice as saying.
“With a few of them, discussions are underway however we’re within the strategy of getting updates from all member international locations as to what they’re taking a look at. In the meanwhile, every little thing is continuing as deliberate. The sequence in England proper now could be a part of the WTC and all the sequence which have been recognized will likely be a part of the Championships. It is about getting a really feel for whether or not they can all be accomplished inside the competitors window ending in March subsequent 12 months,” he added.
Sri Lanka vs England, one Take a look at between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Bangladesh vs Australia, West Indies vs South Africa, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, and Bangladesh vs New Zealand are the sequence which have been postponed this 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
If these sequence might be rescheduled earlier than June in 2021, then the ultimate of the WTC is more likely to be performed on time.
“In the previous couple of months, we have realized that issues change fairly rapidly. One week you suppose that you just’re not going to play for some time after which issues start to open up at a authorities stage after which unexpectedly, issues look attainable,” Allardice mentioned.
“Numerous the sequence we’re speaking about, if we’re saying November-December, January-February, they’re six to eight months away and it is nonetheless laborious to foretell the place issues will likely be in some international locations that far out. We have not received a agency drop-dead date in thoughts. We’re going to get a really feel within the subsequent month or two from member international locations about once they’ll be capable of resume and what their upcoming seasons appear like, together with the matches and sequence they should reschedule which have been postponed,” he added.
England and Pakistan will likely be locking horns towards one another from August 5 and this three-match sequence will likely be part of the World Take a look at Championship.
India and Australia are additionally slated to sq. off in a four-match Take a look at sequence, scheduled to start from December four at Brisbane.
At the moment, India and Australia are the highest two ranked groups within the WTC standings. The ultimate of the WTC is slated to be performed at Lord’s Cricket Floor in 2021.