On the face of it, it might have seemed like bad news for India to be dropped down behind Australia in the World Test championship points after the ICC’s altered point system. On the other hand, there is a remedial measure for the pandemic. But it still might not be fair enough for all teams involved.
Every team wants to earn points based on their performance, not on matches that have been declared drawn because of extenuating circumstances that make playing impossible. To that end, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has tried a remedial measure to use the percentage of a points system to address the issue of scoring for the matches played in order to determine the finalists for the ICC World Test Championship next June at Lord’s.
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