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World Test Championship Schedule 2019-21

The ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 that began in August 2019 is the inaugural edition of the tournament. It comprises of the top 9 Test teams playing 6 series, 3 home and 3 away matches, in the two-year period which is decided by the World Test Championship schedule.


Table of Contents


  1. World Test Championship Schedule
  2. India in the World Test Championship
  3. World Test Championship Finals


Here is a list of all the series in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21:


World Test Championship Schedule


Starting dateSeries nameTeamsNo. of matches
1 Aug 2019The AshesEngland v Australia5
14 Aug 2019NZ tour of SL 2019Sri Lanka v New Zealand2
22 Aug 2019IND tour of WI 2019West Indies v India2
02 Oct 2019Freedom TrophyIndia v South Africa3
14 Nov 2019BAN tour of IND 2019India v Bangladesh2
21 Nov 2019ENG tour of NZ 2019New Zealand v England2
21 Nov 2019PAK tour of AUS 2019Australia v Pakistan2
12 Dec 2019Trans-Tasman TrophyAustralia v New Zealand3
26 Dec 2019Basil D'Oliveira TrophySouth Africa v England4
7 Feb 2020BAN tour of PAK 2020Pakistan v Bangladesh2
21 Feb 2020IND tour of NZ 2020New Zealand v India2
19 Mar 2020ENG tour of SL 2020Sri Lanka v England2
8 Jul 2020WI tour of ENG 2020England v West Indies4
5 Aug 2020PAK tour of ENG 2020England v Pakistan3
17 Dec 2020Border Gavaskar TrophyAustralia v India4
3 Dec 2020WI tour of NZ 2020New Zealand v West Indies3
26 Dec 2020PAK tour of NZ 2020New Zealand v Pakistan2
26 Dec 2020SL tour of SA 2021South Africa v Sri Lanka2
14 Jan 2021ENG tour of SL 2021England v Sri Lanka2
3 Feb 2021WI tour of BAN 2021Bangladesh v West Indies3
5 Feb 2021ENG tour of IND 2021India v England5
26 Jan 2021SA tour of PAK 2021Pakistan v South Africa2
21 March 2021SL tour of WI 2021West Indies v Sri Lanka2
21 April 2021BAN tour of SL 2021Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh2
18 Jun 2021India vs New Zealand 2021 (Final)India vs New Zealand1


The tournament starts with the Ashes series in England from 1 August 2019 with the last series featuring West Indies and Sri Lanka in the Caribbean islands in February 2021. The ICC World Test Championship 2019 schedule is tightly packed with series during the beginning of the tournament and then towards the end of the two-year period in 2021.



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The championship will be interrupted by global events like the Indian Premier League 2020 and the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 starting on 18 October in Australia, as there are no other international matches going on during that period. However, the Championship will resume right after the World Cup comes to an end. The World Test Championship schedule comprises of 27 series involving Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the West Indies.


Out of the 27 Test series that will be played across the globe, only two of them will have 5 Tests. The first series in the tournament, The Ashes, will consist of 5 Tests and then team England will play a 5-match Test series in India in 2021. Out of the remaining 25, only two other series will comprise of 4 Tests. Those will be England’s tour of South Africa 2019 and India’s tour of Australia 2020. 7 other series will be 3-match affairs and the remaining 16 series will have only two matches each.


India in the World Test Championship


Team India’s Test Championship schedule starts from their tour to West Indies. The first Test will commence on 14 August 2019. Their next assignment will be a 3-match home series against South Africa, which is known as the Freedom Trophy. It will begin on 2 October 2019. The No.1 ranked side will then play a couple of Test matches against Bangladesh, also at home. There will not be much of a gap between the two series.


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They will be having a three-month gap from Tests after that. In February 2020, the Indian side will be touring New Zealand for two Test matches. They will face the Kiwis from 21 February 2020. This will be India’s fourth series out of their six in the World Test Championship. They will be concentrating on the T20 format after that and will not be playing any Tests until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia.


While the other teams will leave the country, the Indian team will stay back Down Under and contest in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The 4-match series will conclude on January 2021. This will be the Indian Cricket Team's last away series and they will then head back to host the English side. This will be India’s only 5-match Test series in the inaugural edition of the Championship. The Test series will commence in the same month after India return from Australia. This will give an advantage to the England side because they will be the fresher side. Although, the downside to this series for the visiting team will be that they will be featuring in a Test match after a gap of 7 months.


All the Tests involving Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland in the two-year period are not a part of the ICC World Test Championship. However, all the Tests will contribute to the ICC Test Rankings.


World Test Championship Finals


India and New Zealand will play the ICC WTC Final after being the top two teams in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table. The Final will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18, 2021 to June 22, 2021.


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