ICC: Percentage of points determine final World Test Championship rankings, Australia replaces India at the top spot
Due to a change in the calculation of points for the World Test Championship (WTC), Australia relegated India at the top spot of the inaugural edition of the Championship.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board approved the recommendation of the Cricket Committee and the Committee of Chief Executives not to place any side at a disadvantage as they were unable to compete in a WTC series due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Cricket Committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, the former India captain and head coach, suggested that the rankings be decided based on matches played in the WTC cycle, instead of the total points collected. And this has resulted in India, despite having 360 points in its kitty with a percentile score of 75, dropping down to the second spot after Australia (82.2 percentile, 296 points).
The top two sides at the end of the league stage in April 2021, are set to play against each other in the maiden WTC final at Lord's in June 2021.
Besides that, since the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the postponement of the Women’s ODI World Cup, the ICC Board has agreed to postpone the Women's T20 World Cup from the end of 2022 to February 2023. An statement of ICC clarified that the decision made was to space out the event, as two other big women's cricket competitions will be held in 2022: the Commonwealth Games and the ODI World Cup.