Due to the pandemic, the World Test Championship schedule can see some changed. The much-awaited final next year could be rescheduled depending on the multiple rescheduled bilateral series as per the ICC.
World Test Championship final may be rescheduled
The International Cricket Council GM-Cricket Operations Geoff Allardice on Monday spoke about multiple rescheduled bi-lateral series lined up in the queue. He said, “We are currently in discussion with members on what their plans are around rescheduling their series.” He also added that depending on the same the final of the World Test Championship could be rescheduled. “Obviously their teams have re-scheduled them (their engagements) as quickly as possible. Depending on how many of them (postponed series) could be re-scheduled within the available time will give us the most appropriate timing for the final. But at this stage the final is scheduled for June 2021.”
Geoff further informed that the International Cricket Council is discussing different aspects with the member and mentioned, “I don’t see us taking a greater role in terms of being pro-active. ICC plays a role in coordinating competitions, but it has no role in scheduling as it is on members.”
ICC on balancing cricket formats
Since 2018 the global body has tried to recommend a bit of balance between ODIs and T20 International cricket as per the senior official of the ICC. “The rules around league were established, back in 2017-18, a decision was taken at that time that T20Is and ODIs will be three-match series.” He continued, “Earlier, it used to be five ODIs and a T20 International. Probably it changes the balance but when the league was designed, the countries agreed that there would be three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.”
While he was asked about the 3TC format introduced by South Africa Geoff commented, “Look the ICC’s position is at the moment we have three international formats but members are encouraged to try out new format.” He insisted that the ICC is very much focused on the three usual formats though.