ICC Test Championships Decoded: Forget The World Cup, The Real Test Is All Set To Begin

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With attention spans getting shorter the Tik-Tok generation is losing interest in the real format of cricket that tests the all-round ability of teams; The 5-day test matches. What ICC has been mooting for six years now is finally coming to fruition in August. We are talking about the prestigious ICC Test Championship. 

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With attention spans getting shorter the Tik-Tok generation is losing interest in the real format of cricket that tests the all-round ability of teams; The 5-day test matches. What ICC has been mooting for six years now is finally coming to fruition in August. We are talking about the prestigious ICC Test Championship. 

The Ashes (England Vs Australia) and India's tour of West Indies will kick off the championship. The aim is to give greater context to a bilateral test series. In essence, the Test Championship is the World Cup of Test cricket with the only difference being that it will go on for a span of two years. With the commencement of the championship, ICC and fans will hope to see teams playing test matches with greater intent and with more to play for. 

Test cricket will come to a full circle as the first match of the Championship will be played between England and Australia, from August 1 to 5 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground – fittingly enough between the two traditional rivals who have played the first officially recognised Test match way back in 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Format:

The format of the Championship calls for the nine top-ranked teams in the ICC Test rankings playing 6 series each — three at home and three away — against mutually chosen nations over the span of two years. 

At the end of the league stage, the top two teams will lock horns for one final test to lift the Test championship in England on June 2021.

Point system: 

Every series in the championship will be worth 120 points, irrespective of the number of Tests in it. The maths of it tells us that each team can score a maximum of 720 points over a cycle.

The drawback of the format is that not all teams are going to play the same number of matches. 

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Find the country-wise schedule below:

India (18 matches)

July-August 2019: Two away Tests in West Indies
October-November 2019: Three home Tests against South Africa
November 2019: Two home Tests against Bangladesh
February 2020: Two away Tests in New Zealand
December 2020: Four away Tests in Australia
January-February 2021: Five home Tests against England

Australia (19 matches)

July-August-September 2019: Five Ashes Tests away in England
November 2019: Two home Tests against Pakistan
December 2019-January 2020: Three home Tests against New Zealand
February 2020: Two away Tests against Bangladesh
November-December 2020: Four home Tests against India
February-March 2021: Three away Tests against South Africa

Bangladesh (14 matches)

November 2019: Two away Tests in India
January-February 2020: Two away Tests in Pakistan
February 2020: Two home Tests against Australia
July-August 2020: Three away Tests in Sri Lanka
August-September 2020: Two home Tests against New Zealand
January-February 2021: Three home Tests against Windies

England (22 matches)

July-August 2019: Five Ashes Tests at home against Australia
December 2019-January 2020: Four away Tests in South Africa
March 2020: Two away Tests in Sri Lanka
June-July 2020: Three home Tests against Windies
July-August 2020: Three home Tests against Pakistan
January-February 2021: Five away Tests in India

New Zealand (14 matches)

July-August 2019: Two away Tests in Sri Lanka
December 2019-January 2020: Three away Tests in Australia
February 2020: Two home Tests against India
August-September 2020: Two away Tests in Bangladesh
November-December 2020: Three home Tests against Windies
December 2020: Two home Tests against Pakistan
 

Pakistan (13 matches)

October 2019: Two home Tests against Sri Lanka
November-December 2019: Two away Tests in Australia
January-February 2020: Two home Tests against Bangladesh
July-August 2020: Three away Tests in England
December 2020: Two away Tests in New Zealand
January-February 2021: Two home Tests against South Africa
July-August 2019: Five Ashes Tests at home against Australia
December 2019-January 2020: Four away Tests in South Africa
March 2020: Two away Tests in Sri Lanka
June-July 2020: Three home Tests against Windies
July-August 2020: Three home Tests against Pakistan
January-February 2021: Five away Tests in India

Sri Lanka (16 matches)

July-August 2019: Two home Tests against New Zealand
October 2019: Two away Tests against Pakistan
March-April 2020: Two home Tests against England
July-August 2020: Three home Tests against Bangladesh
January 2021: Two away Tests in South Africa
February-March 2021: Two away Tests in West Indies

South Africa (13 matches)

October 2019: Three away Tests in India
December 2019-January 2020 – Four home Tests against England
July-August 2020: Two away Tests in West Indies
January 2021: Two home Tests against Sri Lanka
January-February 2021: Two away Tests against Pakistan
February-March 2021: Three home Tests against Australia

West Indies (15 matches)

July-August 2019: Two home Tests against India
June-July 2020: Three away Tests in England
July-August 2020: Two home Tests against South Africa
November-December 2020: Three away Tests in New Zealand
January-February 2021: Three away Tests in Bangladesh
February-March 2021: Two home Tests in Sri Lanka

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