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The inaugural ICC World Test Championship started on 1 August 2019 with the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series. It featured nine of the twelve Test-playing nations, each of whom did play a Test series against six of the other eight teams. Each team was able to bag maximum of 120 points from each series. India and New Zealand finished in the top two following India's triumph over England in Ahmedabad earlier this month.
Ramiz Raja said “The current format was lopsided and prolonged and it made no sense not having India and Pakistan series. Teams didn’t play the same number of matches and even the points system was weird. There should have been a 3-month window and everyone should have played against each other”.
Ramiz Raja seemed discontented with the non-existence of IND-PAK matches in the ICC World Test Championship in the inaugural tournament. The Second edition of the tournament will commence from July 2021 later this year, Ramiz Raja mentioned that its also crucial from the business standpoint to schedule IND/PAK match in the ICC tournament.
“Next time when the WTC has held no cricket should be held at that time if you want to promote Test cricket and infuse life into it and also attract sponsors to this format. Sponsorship will only come when you will not give sponsors any other option to park their money,” he added. India was the most successful team in the tournament with 5 series victories; 12 Test wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Pakistan on the other hand, finished in 5th place with 3 series wins; 4 Test wins, 5 losses and 3 draws.
India will clash against New Zealand in the Final of ICC World Test Championship on June 18, at the The Rose Bowl, Southampton.