India will once again not play against Pakistan in the second round of the Test World Championship with three away tours scheduled over the next two years, starting with the England series next month.
As per the rule, each of the nine nations on the World Trial Championship calendar plays against six nations of their choice and in the 2021-2023 cycle India will face Sri Lanka instead of the West Indies, which it faced. in 2017 during the inaugural edition.
As the August 4 start of the five-test series against England kicks off the WTC’s Indian campaign, they will also tour South Africa between December 2021 and January 2022 and an away series against Bangladesh in November 2022.
The biggest streak outside of testing away from England will be the four test scores against Australia at home between September and early November next year.
India will host New Zealand in November this year for two test matches and Sri Lanka will be hosted in February-March 2022 after the tour outside South Africa.
The ICC also officially confirmed on Wednesday that teams will be awarded 12 standardized points for a win, four for a draw and six for a draw in the second round.
The ICC further stated that the percentage of points earned will be used to determine the ranking.
Previously, each set of tests was worth 120 points, which resulted in some inequality in the table, as a team winning a test in a two-game streak got 60 points compared to a five-game streak where a victory of test is evaluated at 24 points.
The PTI had announced last month that the ICC was about to introduce the new standardized points system for the second cycle of the WTC.
ICC Acting Managing Director Geoff Allardice said the changes were made to simplify the points system while learning from last year’s disruption.
“We have received comments that the previous point system needs to be simplified. The cricket committee took this into consideration when coming up with a new standardized points system for each match, ”Allardice said in a statement.
“During the pandemic, we had to move on to ranking the teams on the points table using the percentage of available points earned by each team because not all heats could be completed.
“It helped us determine the finalists and we were able to finish the championship on schedule. This method also allowed us to compare the relative performance of teams at all times, regardless of the number of matches played. “
Other than the India-England series, the Ashes later this year will be the only other five-game second-round affair that ends in June 2023.
Australia’s tour of India next year is the only four-test round in the upcoming cycle.
India captain Virat Kohli has said that after losing the inaugural WTC final to New Zealand, he expects his team to come together with “new energy” in the new round.
“It was great to have played in the ICC World Trials final against New Zealand in what was a memorable competition. Not just the final, we saw the determination of the players throughout the first edition of the championship, ”Kohli said.
“The follow-up from the cricket fans was also great, and I’m sure they will all be looking forward to the second edition. We’re going to regroup with new energy for the next round starting with our series against England.
Defending champion New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said the WTC has rekindled people’s interest in the traditional format of the game.
“The WTC certainly added more context and brought new meaning to the cricket test and it was great to see the interest that was generated around the final against India,” he said.
“We know that trying to defend the title will be a huge challenge, but our goal will be to make sure that we prepare as best as we can for the tours ahead and to try to maintain our level of performance.”
England captain Joe Root describes the upcoming five-test duel against India as an “interesting challenge”.
“We are starting our campaign in the second edition of the ICC World Trials Championship against the finalists from last time, which is an interesting challenge right away,” he said.
“India are a great all-round team and it would be nice to test them in our home conditions. We narrowly missed qualifying for the final last time around and we’re looking to do better this time around.