With the second World Test Championship cycle commencing in August with the five-match series between India and England, the ICC officially confirmed that teams would receive standardized points 12 points for a win, 4 points for a draw, and 6 points for a tie.
According to the ICC, standings will be determined by the percentage of points won in the 2021-23 cycle. Test series were previously valued at 120 points each, and an ordinary team that won a Test in a 2-match series would earn 60 points, whereas a team would gain 24 points for a win during a 5-game series. In a report from last month, PTI reported the ICC would be introducing the new standardized points system shortly for the second WTC cycle.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice credited the changes to learnings taken from last year’s disruption while simplifying the points system.
“We received feedback that the previous points system needed to be simplified. The Cricket Committee considered this when proposing a new, standardized points system for each match. It maintained the principle of ensuring that all matches in a WTC series count towards a team’s standing while accommodating series varying in length between two Tests and five Tests,” Allardice said in an ICC statement to PTI.
Along with the India-England series the Ashes, to be played later this year will be the only upcoming five-match series in the second cycle, ending in June 2023. There will be only one four-Test series in the upcoming cycle, Australia’s trip to India. Just like in the previous edition, all nine Test teams will play six series – three at home and three on the road.
With the new cycle beginning with the first Test against England on August 4, India captain Virat Kohli expects his side to regroup with “new energy” after losing the inaugural WTC final to New Zealand.