No way to play cancelled Tests if ICC doesn’t extend WTC cycle: BCB

By: PTI |

Updated: June 28, 2020 2:01:18 pm

The World Test Championship (WTC) contains 9 of the 12 Test-playing nations that face off in a two-year cycle. (Source: Reuters)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board needs the ICC to extend the World Test Championship cycle because it doesn’t foresee the aspect taking part in its eight recently-cancelled matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has taken a toll on the worldwide calender with Bangladesh lacking eight Tests which had been a part of the ICC Test Championship which was launched on August 1 final yr.

The eight Tests embrace one away match towards Pakistan in April, a two-match sequence towards Australia in June, two Tests towards New Zealand together with three towards Sri Lanka.

“Unless the current ICC Test Championship cycle is extended there is no way we can play those eight Test matches in the stipulated time frame of the first cycle,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan advised Cricbuzz.

“We are looking forward to see what ICC does with the Test Championship because unless it is reshuffled there is hardly any possibility to play the eight Test matches that got cancelled,” he mentioned.

The World Test Championship (WTC) contains 9 of the 12 Test-playing nations that face off in a two-year cycle. All nations had been scheduled to play six Test sequence – three at house and three away however not all will play the identical variety of Tests.

Each staff will probably be ready to rating a most of 120 factors from every sequence and the 2 groups with probably the most factors on the finish of the league stage will contest the ultimate subsequent June. A complete of 72 Tests had been supposed to be performed between July, 2019 and March 31, 2021.

BCB chief govt Nizamuddin Chowdhury additionally mentioned there will probably be little scope to play these cancelled Tests if the ICC Test closing is held on schedule subsequent yr.

“If the Test Championship final match happens on schedule that is in next June then the fate of these matches (eight Tests) is very slim because it means there is no possibility of these Test matches because we have no space left to play these matches by next June,” mentioned Nizamuddin.

“But if the Test Championship final date gets extended, then maybe there will be a chance but even after the extension, even if there is an opportunity, it will have an impact on other schedules as well because we have a compact schedule until 2023,” he mentioned.

India is at present on the high of the World Test Championship (WTC) standings, adopted by Australia.

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