Top nine teams on the ICC Test rankings as on March 31, 2018 — India, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh are part of the World Test Championship.

Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland are left out of the tournament.

With the much-anticipated World Test Championship set to begin with the first Ashes Test, from 1st of August.

The World Test Championship will be played over a two-year period from August 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021. The final will be played at Lords,in England in June 2021. A total of 71 Tests will be played over 27 series before the final.

Top nine teams on the ICC Test rankings as on March 31, 2018 — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are part of the World Test Championship. Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland are left out.

India are not playing against Pakistan because each team has picked six opponents by mutual agreement, within the existing framework of the Members rights agreements.

Accordingly, India would be playing against West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia and England. Each team will play three home and three away series in a two-year cycle. India will play away series against West Indies, New Zealand and Australia.

India, the top-ranked Test team, will take on West Indies in an away series starting from next month.

International Cricket Council (ICC) officially launched the maiden edition of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Teams can play Test matches outside the World Test Championship during this period. In the Test Championship, a series can have a minimum of two matches and a maximum of five matches. Every match will be a five-day affair. Teams can play day-night Tests by mutual agreement.

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