Test Championship final in doubt amid coronavirus


Cricket's new Test Championship final has been thrown into doubt because of the coronavirus outbreak, report agencies. India currently top the standings of the new championship introduced at the start of last year's Ashes, but with several qualification series' already scrapped, next year's final at Lord's might not be able to go ahead.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) board will meet on Friday to discuss the matter. "At present, the ICC are considering the options available to us regarding the World Test Championship and no decisions have been taken," an ICC spokesperson said according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The ICC will also address the potential impact on the men's ICC World T20 Championship in Australia, which is due to start in October.

Both the ICC and Cricket Australia (CA) have made it clear they won't cede venues such as the MCG and SCG to the Australian Football League (AFL) should the football season in Australia carry through until December. Australia's plans to hold on to second spot have been jeopardised for the mid-year; two-Test series against Bangladesh appears all but certain to be scrapped, regardless of whether national selectors soon name a squad. Not all series are for championship points, which has confused supporters, but the Bangladesh tour, according to the Future Tours Program, is.