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World Test Championship: All you need to know


The World Cup has finally ended with England winning their first title. The focus now shifts to Test cricket as the inaugural ICC World Test Championship is set to kick off from August.

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The Ashes in England will be the first series of the championship. The championship will continue till March 2021. Nine teams will play six series (three home, three away) each in a span of one and a half year.

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Bangladesh will take on India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka away from home while they will host Australia, New Zealand and West Indies.

Each series will consist of two Tests minimum and five Tests maximum. Each series will consist 120 points. Depending on the numbers of matches in a series, the points will be awarded for winning a match are as follows- a half, a third, a quarter, or a fifth.

For a two-match series, winning a match will be awarded 60 points. A tie will give 30 and a draw will result 20 points. 40 points awarded for a win in a three-match series. 20 for a tie and 13.3 for a draw. Similarly, winners will get 30, tie 15 and draw 10 in four-match series. The rare five-match marathon series will give 24 points to winners, 12 and 8 for a tie and a draw respectively.

Schedule of WTC 2019-21:

Aug-Sep 2019: The Ashes. Matches- 5. Venue- England.

August 2019: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand. Matches- 2. Venue- Sri Lanka.

Aug-Sep 2019: West Indies vs India. Matches- 2. Venue- West Indies.

October 2019: India vs South Africa. Matches- 3. Venue- India.

October 2019: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka. Matches- 2. Venue- UAE.

Nov-Dec 2019: Australia vs Pakistan. Matches- 2. Venue- Australia.

November 2019: India vs Bangladesh. Matches- 2. Venue- India.

Dec 2019-Jan 2020: Australia vs New Zealand. Matches- 3. Venue- Australia.

Dec 2019-Jan 2020: South Africa vs England. Matches- 4. Venue- South Africa.

January 2020: Pakistan vs Bangladesh. Matches- 2. Venue- UAE.

February 2020: Bangladesh vs Australia. Matches- 2. Venue- Bangladesh.

February 2020: New Zealand vs India. Matches- 2. Venue- New Zealand.

March 2020: Sri Lanka vs England. Matches- 2. Venue- Sri Lanka.

June 2020: England vs West Indies. Matches- 3. Venue- England.

July 2020: England vs Pakistan. Matches- 3. Venue- England.

July 2020: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh. Matches- 3. Venue- Sri Lanka.

July 2020: West Indies vs South Africa. Matches- 2. Venue- West Indies.

August 2020: Bangladesh vs New Zealand. Matches- 2. Venue- Bangladesh.

Nov 2020-Jan 2021: Australia vs India. Matches- 4. Venue- Australia.

November 2020: New Zealand vs West Indies. Matches- 3. Venue- New Zealand.

December 2020: New Zealand vs Pakistan. Matches- 2. Venue- New Zealand.

January 2021: Bangladesh vs West Indies. Matches- 3. Venue- Bangladesh.

Jan-Feb 2021: India vs England. Matches- 5. Venue- India.

January 2021: Pakistan vs South Africa. Matches- 2. Venue- UAE/Pakistan.

Jan-Feb 2021: South Africa vs Sri Lanka. Matches- 2. Venue- South Africa.

Feb-Mar 2021: South Africa vs Australia. Matches- 3. Venue- South Africa.

Feb-Mar 2021: West Indies vs Sri Lanka. Matches- 2. Venue- West Indies.

June 2021: Final. Venue- Lord’s.

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