Test Cricket is the oldest form of Cricket.This is the longest duration format of cricket.It is also the highest standard of Cricketing History.The first test match was payed between Australia and England in 1877 at the MCG(Melbourne Cricket Ground)in Australia.
To make test cricket more interesting,ICC also allowed to play Day/Night test matches.First Day/Night test match was played between Australia and New Zealand in 2015 in Australia.As every test cannot be played as Day/Night test,so spectators were losing some interest.
WATCH OUT THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST EVER DAY NIGHT TEST MATCH BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.
As there were no Leagues or World Cups for test cricket.So ICC announced ICC World Test Championship.It was started after facing so many obstructions.Firstly it was planned to start this in 2013 replacing the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy but it was abandoned.
Then it was decided to conduct ICC Test Championship in 2017 but again it was rescheduled to conduct ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.But later in October 2017,ICC finally decided,after being agreed by all the member of ICC,that the first ICC Test Championship will take place from 1st August 2019 and will end in June 2021.
RULES OF ICC WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Rules of this championship is like that the top 9 Teams will play series over two years.The top 2 teams will qualify for the final which will held at Lord’s,England
*POINT SCORING IN ICC WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP
|Matches in series||Points for a win||Points for a tie||Points for a draw||Points for a defeat|
ICC decided that equal points will be available for each series.The points are allowed for series win,not for match win.There are 120 points for every series.For a five match series it is 24 points per match,for a 4 match series it is 30 points per match,for a 3 match series it it 40 points per match,for a 2 match series it it 60 points per match.ICC also decided that on a tie it would be half of a win and for a draw it will be one-third of a win.Each series carry 120 points.
The nine Full members of the ICC who will participate are:
|Starting date||Series name||Teams||No. of matches|
|1 Aug 2019||The Ashes||England v Australia||5|
|14 Aug 2019||NZ tour of SL 2019||Sri Lanka v New Zealand||2|
|22 Aug 2019||IND tour of WI 2019||West Indies v India||2|
|02 Oct 2019||Freedom Trophy||India v South Africa||3|
|14 Nov 2019||BAN tour of IND 2019||India v Bangladesh||2|
|21 Nov 2019||ENG tour of NZ 2019||New Zealand v England||2|
|21 Nov 2019||PAK tour of AUS 2019||Australia v Pakistan||2|
|12 Dec 2019||Trans-Tasman Trophy||Australia v New Zealand||3|
|26 Dec 2019||Basil D’Oliveira Trophy||South Africa v England||4|
|Jan 2020||PAK and BAN in UAE 2020||Pakistan v Bangladesh||2|
|21 Feb 2020||IND tour of NZ 2020||New Zealand v India||2|
|Mar 2020||ENG tour of SL 2020||Sri Lanka v England||2|
|Jun 2020||AUS tour of BAN 2020||Bangladesh v Australia||2|
|04 Jun 2020||The Wisden Trophy||England v West Indies||3|
|30 Jul 2020||PAK tour of ENG 2020||England v Pakistan||3|
|Jul 2020||BAN tour of SL 2020||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh||3|
|Jul 2020||SA tour of WI 2020||West Indies v South Africa||2|
|Aug 2020||NZ tour of BAN 2020||Bangladesh v New Zealand||2|
|Nov 2020||Border Gavaskar Trophy||Australia v India||4|
|Nov 2020||WI tour of NZ 2020||New Zealand v West Indies||3|
|Dec 2020||PAK tour of NZ 2020||New Zealand v Pakistan||2|
|Jan 2021||WI tour of BAN 2021||Bangladesh v West Indies||3|
|Jan 2021||ENG tour of IND 2021||India v England||5|
|Jan 2021||SA tour of PAK 2021||Pakistan v South Africa||2|
|Jan 2021||SL tour of SA 2021||South Africa v Sri Lanka||2|
|Feb 2021||AUS tour of SA 2021||South Africa v Australia||3|
|Feb 2021||SL tour of WI 2021||West Indies v Sri Lanka||2|
|10 Jun 2021||World Test Championship Final||TBD v TBD||1|
|Team||Total matches||Will not play against|
|Australia||19||Sri Lanka and West Indies|
|Bangladesh||14||England and South Africa|
|England||22||Bangladesh and New Zealand|
|India||18||Pakistan and Sri Lanka|
|New Zealand||14||England and South Africa|
|Pakistan||13||India and West Indies|
|South Africa||16||Bangladesh and New Zealand|
|Sri Lanka||13||Australia and India|
|West Indies||15||Australia and Pakistan|
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