World Test Championship is another brilliant initiative for cricket: James Anderson


World Test Championship is another brilliant initiative for cricket: James Anderson

The World Test Championship is set to begin with the Ashes series between England and Australia starting August 1.

James Anderson is eagerly looking forward to playing the World Test Championship (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Test Championship starts from August 1 with England facing Australia
  • 9 teams will play a total of 72 matches over a period of two years
  • Two teams finishing at the top will play the final in June 2021 in England

England fast bowler James Anderson reckons the upcoming World Test Championship is going to add another dimension to the game of cricket and is a good initiative taken by the International Cricket Council.

The World Test Championship is set to begin with the Ashes series between England and Australia starting August 1. A total of 72 matches will be played over a period of two years between the top nine teams in the World Test Championship.

The two teams finishing at the top will play the final in June 2021 in England.

“Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport. It is the very essence of cricket and the majority of players want to strive to play the purist form of the game. The ICC World Test Championship is another brilliant initiative for the sport, adding context and relevance to every Test series. Every Test matters, but even more so now,” said James Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker.

All 9 teams are scheduled to play a total of 6 Test series (3 Home, 3 Away) under the WTC fold meaning that no team will be able to play the rest others in the 2-year cycle. Each Test series will have 120 Championship points up for grabs.

“The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this summer showed just how important it is for every game to count and for the world’s best teams to go head-to-head.

“The World Test Championship will bring relevance and context to bilateral Test cricket over the next two years, creating a pinnacle event for the five-day format, just as the World Cups for men and women do in the ODI and T20I formats,” ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice explained.

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