Cricket as we know it is at it’s peak when it comes to Test Matches. The true grit and potential of a player is put to the limits in this five day format and many believe this to be the quintessential form of the Gentleman’s sport. Till date, there was no such thing as a World Test Championship, but now, the BCCI has decided to shake up the sport as a whole.
The World Test Championship or the WTC, has only recently been introduced and the goal of this is to make Test Cricket relevant once again. This, in a world that’s increasingly drawn towards faster and more entertaining forms of cricket such as ODI and the recently inducted T-20 format.
As part of the new World Test Championship, there will be nine teams that will partake in it. These nine teams will be the top tier teams in international test cricket circuit. Teams such as New Zealand, England, Australia, India, West Indies, South Africa and a few more will be part of the tournament that will span over a period of 2 years.
The tournament will kick off with the Ashes test series that will be played from August 1 to August 5 at Edgbaston. This will be the inaugural match of the World Test Series. In addition to that, each team will play six series- three at their home ground and the other three as visitors to other countries. The series can have up to five matches and teams can get up to 120 total points. Certainly, this will herald a new found interest in Test Cricket format.
At the end of all the matches, the two top teams will face off in a five day final to determine the ultimate test cricket team. We’re excited to see how this new tournament shapes the future of the sport as a whole.