The ICC has confirmed that the World Testing Championship (WTC) point system will be modified, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to decide the finalists based on the percentage of points obtained from those for whom they competed. The ICC Board approved the recommendation of its cricket committee, headed by Anil Kumble, who said that the points won by a team will be calculated as a percentage of the points that were at stake, and the new ranking will be decided accordingly, as it had been done. reported by ESPNcricinfo last week.

The decision was made at the ICC’s last quarterly meeting of the year which began on Monday this week.

Before the recommendations were approved, India led the table with 360 points, followed by Australia with 296. With the new system, India’s percentage points will now be 75%, 360 of the 480 points for which they played in four series , which puts them in second place. Australia, who will have 82.2%, calculated as 296 of the 360 ​​points for which they played in three series.

A statement from the ICC stated that although current regulations say that matches not completed will be treated as draws with split points, the cricket committee decided to determine the final WTC ranking of the matches that would be completed before the final scheduled for the next June in England. .

“Both the Cricket Committee and the Executive Directors Committee supported the approach of ranking teams based on matches completed and points won, as this reflects their performance and does not hurt teams that have not been able to compete all of their parties through no fault of their own, “ICC Executive Director Manu Sawhney said in a statement. “We explored a whole range of options, but our members were convinced that we should proceed as planned with the first World Test Championship final in June next year.”

The new system does not drastically change the rankings, although a team like New Zealand, which retains its fourth place behind Australia, India and England, could see it as a better opportunity to finish in the top two. If they score the maximum of 240 points from their two series at home against the West Indies and Pakistan in the coming months, they will finish with 70% points (420 of 600). That would see them compete with England and India who will meet in a five-game series early next year, and India will also play four Tests in Australia in December-January. England, meanwhile, are trying to reschedule their postponed series against Sri Lanka.

ICC introduces minimum age restrictions

The ICC Board also introduced a minimum age restriction of 15 years for international cricket “to enhance the protection of players.” The restriction will apply to all cricket, including ICC events, bilateral cricket, and under-19 matches. “To play in any form of international men’s, women’s or under-19 cricket, you must now be at least 15 years old,” the statement said.

“In exceptional circumstances, a Board of Members could request the ICC to allow a player under the age of 15 to play for them. This could include when the player’s playing experience and mental development and well-being demonstrate that he would be capable to cope with the demands of international cricket “.

Introduction of the excluded persons policy in the anti-corruption code

The ICC Board also introduced an Excluded Persons Policy as part of the Anti-Corruption Code “with immediate effect”. The ICC statement says that it allows the ICC ACU to exclude corrupters who “do not participate” in the Code to prevent people from trying to corrupt the sport. The statement further said that it will also make it offensive for code “participants” to associate with excluded non-participants.

“This is an important addition to the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and allows the sport to impose an exclusion order on known corrupters who prevent them from participating in cricket activities, including gambling, administration, financing, assistance or any kind of participation in a league, team or franchise, “Sawhney said.

“It will enable our ACU to better disrupt the activities of non-participating corruptors over whom the ICC currently has little or no control. This is crucial if we are to continue to protect the integrity of our sport.”