Whereas everyone seems to be ready with bated breath for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to announce the destiny of the T20 World Cup in October-November, the worldwide physique is not only frightened concerning the showpiece occasion in Australia. One other concern for them is the destiny of the inaugural version of the ICC World Test Championship which is now set to endure a re-scheduling with the coronavirus pandemic forcing postponement and cancellation of Check sequence.
Chatting with information company IANS, an ICC official mentioned the FTP (Future Excursions Programme) will must be labored on maintaining in thoughts the present state of affairs which has made it nearly unattainable for nations to honour their bilateral commitments. However the identical will probably be carried out solely after understanding the general affect 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 resulting from COVID-19 as potential.
“Discussions and choices on the way forward for each the World Check Championship and the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup Tremendous League will probably be held at a later date when there’s a larger understanding of the affect of the cricket that has been misplaced on the competitions,” the official mentioned.
India at present lead the WTC desk with 360 factors, adopted by Australia (296) and England (146).
An ICC board member confirmed that talks have been on relating to cancellation of Check matches because of the pandemic within the current ICC conferences and the affect it’ll have in the end on the Check championship. But it surely won’t be straightforward to transform the calendar and can take time.
“Opposite to common perception, discussions have additionally been had on different essential issues aside from the T20 World Cup. And as you might be conscious, the Check championship is one thing near all members. The championship lastly noticed the sunshine of day after being within the pipeline for fairly a variety of years. So, it holds an essential place within the precedence listing of everybody as it’s the format which wants consideration.
“Whether or not the ICC will lastly rework the calendar to incorporate the matches missed or there will probably be a change in factors system, these choices 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.
“Regardless of the resolution, it must be taken in unison by the board members. There isn’t any two manner about the truth that the maiden championship must be accomplished on the earliest. However what you could additionally contemplate is that remodeling the schedule will want round 2-Three months as a result of on the finish of the day, it’s the Check matches performed in a bilateral sequence which make up the WTC so member nations must prioritise which sequence they’ll play when,” the member defined.