The grand finale of the ICC World Test Championship 2020-21 is likely to be played from June 18 to 22 with June 23 acting as a reserve day. Initially, it was scheduled to be held from June 10 to 14 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.
According to ANI, the reason for the postponement of the original schedule has been done keeping in mind the proximity between the WTC final and the final of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League although the dates have not been yet officially announced. Also, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, players have to quarantine. Thus, ICC has pushed dates for the smooth running of the schedule.
India and New Zealand are the top two in the current World Test Championship table:
Currently, India and New Zealand are placed at the top two spots in the World Test Championship standings. Virat Kohli’s side has 430 points after playing five series, while New Zealand has 420 points after playing five series.
India is coming off a historic win against Australia in the Test series after which they propelled to number one position in the points table. They will take on against England as part of WTC and Australia, which is placed at the third spot, will be taking on South Africa. Australia would be required to win against South Africa if Tim Paine and the boys wish to make it to the finals of WTC.
After the pandemic as teams could not play all the Test series, ICC brought a new system for ranking the team in the World Test Championship points table. The WTC table has now been revised to rank teams based on the percentage of points earned from the series played, meaning teams are ranked in order of percentage of points earned