New Delhi: While everyone seems to be ready with bated breath for the ICC to announce the destiny of the T20 World Cup in October-November, the worldwide physique isn’t just frightened concerning the showpiece occasion in Australia. Another concern for them is the destiny of the inaugural version of the World Test Championship which is now set to endure a re-scheduling with the coronavirus pandemic forcing postponement and cancellation of Test sequence.
Speaking to IANS, an ICC official stated the FTP (Future Tours Programme) will must be labored on preserving in thoughts the present state of affairs which has made it virtually inconceivable for nations to honour their bilateral commitments. But the identical might be performed solely after understanding the general influence the pandemic has on the FTP.
“At this stage, nothing has modified; while we perceive how a lot cricket has been misplaced and when the T20 WC may be held. The disrupted FTP program would must be collectively reviewed by way of to 2023 with a view to rescheduling as a lot of the cricket that has been postponed attributable to COVID-19 as attainable.
“Discussions and selections on the way forward for each the World Test Championship and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League might be held at a later date when there’s a better understanding of the influence of the cricket that has been misplaced on the competitions,” the official stated.
An ICC board member confirmed that talks have been on relating to cancellation of Test matches because of the pandemic within the current ICC conferences and the influence it should have in the end on the Test championship. But it won’t be simple to remodel the calendar and can take time.
“Contrary to widespread perception, discussions have additionally been had on different essential issues aside from the T20 World Cup. And as you might be conscious, the Test championship is one thing near all members. The championship lastly noticed the sunshine of day after being within the pipeline for fairly quite a few years. So, it holds an essential place within the precedence record of everybody as it’s the format which wants consideration.
“Whether the ICC will lastly rework the calendar to incorporate the matches missed or there might be a change within the factors system, these selections will must be made by round October as a result of as issues stand, you can’t actually have the unique plan getting you the specified final result. The coronavirus pandemic has harm the sport and you can’t blame anybody for this.
“Whatever the choice, it must be taken in unison by the board members. There is not any two approach about the truth that the maiden championship must be accomplished on the earliest. But what you will need to additionally think about is that transforming the schedule will want round 2-Three months as a result of, on the finish of the day, it’s the Test matches performed in a bilateral sequence which make up the WTC so member nations must prioritise which sequence they may play when,” the member defined.
India presently leads the WTC desk with 360 factors, adopted by Australia (296) and England (146).