1998–99 Asian Test Championship

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1998-99 Asian Test Championship
Administrator(s) Asian Cricket Council
Cricket format Test
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and final
Host(s)  India
 Pakistan
 Sri Lanka
Champions  Pakistan (1st title)
Participants 3
Matches played 4
Man of the Series Pakistan Wasim Akram
Most runs Sri Lanka M. Jayawardene (297)
Most wickets Pakistan Wasim Akram (15)

The first Asian Test Championship, organized by the Asian Cricket Council was held between 14 February and 17 March 1999.[1] India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competed in the tournament; Bangladesh could not compete because the ICC had not granted them Test status. This tournament was considered to be the predecessor to the Test Cricket World Cup that the ICC was planning for the 9 member nations.[1] The tournament was almost canceled in January 1999 due to tour conflicts, television rights and security concerns.[2][3][4]

Three round-robin tournament matches were played with each country meeting each other once and the top two sides playing a final. A win was worth 12 points, a tie 6 points and no points were awarded for a draw or loss. In addition to this, bonus points were awarded to teams for bowling and batting performances (see Scoring system). The venues of the round robin matches were rotated between the three countries: Calcutta, Colombo and Lahore, while the final was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a neutral venue.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 175 in the final to become the first Asian Test Champions and received US$250,000 in prize money. Sri Lanka, the losing finalists, were awarded US$145,000, and India, the losers of the first round, US$100,000.[5] 'Man of the Series', Wasim Akram, won US$20,000, while 'Man of the Match' winners received US$5,000 in prize money.

Squads[edit]

 India[6]  Pakistan[7]  Sri Lanka[8]
1st & 2nd Test 1st Test 2nd Test Final 1st Test 2nd Test Final
  • W Akram *
  • +M Khan
  • S Anwar
  • F Akbar
  • W Wasti
  • S Afridi
  • M Wasim
  • S Nazir
  • Y Youhana
  • A Mahmood
  • I Haq
  • W Younis
  • S Akhtar
  • M Ahmed
  • S Mushtaq
  • I Nazir
  • A Khan
  • W Akram *
  • +M Khan
  • S Anwar
  • I Nazir
  • W Wasti
  • S Afridi
  • I Ahmed
  • S Nazir
  • Y Youhana
  • A Mahmood
  • I Haq
  • S Akhtar
  • S Mushtaq
  • A Khan
  • A de Silva
  • RP Arnold
  • MS Atapattu
  • A Gunawardene
  • M Jayawardene
  • HP Tillakaratne
  • +RS Kaluwitharana
  • U Chandana
  • WPUJC Vaas
  • P Wickramasinghe
  • S de Silva
  • N Bandaratilake
  • UC Hathurusingha
  • RS Kalpage

Umpires[edit]

The Test matches of the Championship were officiated by two independent umpires of the ICC panel. This was the first time that this had occurred, traditionally one ICC umpire and one home umpire stand in Test matches. However, one home umpire was selected as the Third Umpire in each Test match. The ICC Match referee for the entire Championship was Cammie Smith of the West Indies.[5]

Neutral Umpires:

Third/TV Umpires:

Scoring system[edit]

A scoring system was devised by the Asian Test Championship Technical Committee consisting of Duleep Mendis (the tournament director), Ashantha De Mel, Sunil Gavaskar and Majid Khan.[5] The point system was based on the scoring systems used in the Asian countries' domestic First-class cricket leagues.[9]

Points
Result Points[10]
Win 12
Tie 6
Draw/Loss 0

Bonus points were awarded to teams for good bowling and batting performances (see table below). A maximum of 20 points could be gained in one match (including the 12 match winning points). The bonus bowling and batting points were confined to the first 100 overs of the first innings. The two teams th the highest number of points qualify for the final. If two teams are tied on points, the team with a better run rate in the first 100 overs will go through. If the final ends in a draw, the side with the higher bonus points will win.[11]

Bonus Points1
Runs Scored Bonus Points[10] Wickets Taken Bonus Points[10]
350+ 4 9-10 4
300-349 3 7-8 3
225-299 2 5-6 2
150-224 1 3-4 1
1Assessed on the first 100 overs of the 1st innings

Asian Test Championship[edit]

1st Test:  India v  Pakistan 6–10 February 1999[edit]

6–10 February 1999
Scorecard
v
186/10 (76.2 overs)
Moin Khan70 (271)
Javagal Srinath 5/46
223 (76.2 overs)
Sadagoppan Ramesh 79 (176)
Shoaib Akhtar 4/71
316/10 (99 overs)
Saeed Anwar 188 (259)
Javagal Srinath 8/86
232 (91 overs)
VVS Laxman 67 (119)
Shoaib Akhtar 4/47
Pakistan won by 46 runs
Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and Dave Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Saeed Anwar (PAK) and Javagal Srinath (IND)
Points Table after 1st Test
Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Bonus
Batting
Bonus
Bowling
Total Points
Pakistan 1 1 0 0 1 4 17
India 1 0 0 1 1 4 5
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2nd Test:  Sri Lanka v  India 24–28 February 1999[edit]

24–28 February 1999
v
518/7 (142.5 overs)
S Ramesh 143 (214)
R Arnold 2/94
485 (159.1 overs)
M Jayawardene 242 (465)
A Kumble 4/134
306/5 (104 overs)
S R Tendulkar 124 (234)
A de Silva 2/59
Match Drawn
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and RB Tiffin (ZIM)
Player of the match: DPMD Jayawardene (SRI)
Points Table after 2nd Test
Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Bonus
Batting
Bonus
Bowling
Total Points
Pakistan 1 1 0 0 1 4 17
India 2 0 1 1 5 5 10
Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0 2 2 4

3rd Test:  Pakistan v  Sri Lanka 4–8 March 1999[edit]

4–8 March 1999
v
398 (102.1 overs)
Wajahatullah Wasti 133 (238)
Pramodya Wickramasinghe 6/103
328 (84.2 overs)
Russel Arnold 123 (208)
Wasim Akram 4/30
314/8d (96.5 overs)
Wajahatullah Wasti 121 (303)
Niroshan Bandaratilleke 2/54
165/2 (51.1 overs)
Russel Arnold 56 (151)
Shahid Nazir 1/27
Match Drawn
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA) and David Shepherd (ENG)
Player of the match: Wajahatullah Wasti (Pak)
Points Table after 3rd Test
Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Bonus
Batting
Bonus
Bowling
Total Points
Pakistan 2 1 1 0 5 8 25
Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 6 5 11
India 2 0 1 1 5 5 10

Final:  Pakistan v  Sri Lanka 12–16 March 1999[edit]

12–16 March 1999
Scorecard
v
231 (78 overs)
Aravinda de Silva 72 (164)
Arshad Khan 5/38
594 (184.5 overs)
Ijaz Ahmed 211 (372)
Upul Chandana 6/179
188 (65.3 overs)
Hashan Tillakaratne 55 (152)
Wasim Akram 3/33
Pakistan won by an innings and 175 runs
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Umpires: David Shepherd (ENG) and Doug Cowie (NZ)
Player of the match: Ijaz Ahmed (Pak)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1] Asian Test Championship from 14 Feb to 17 March (24 December 1998) 24 December 1998 by Peter Christie
  2. ^ [2] Asian Test Championship: Pakistan to opt out if tour is cancelled 13 January 1999 By Our Sports Reporter
  3. ^ [3] Asian Test championships may be called off AFP
  4. ^ [4] Fate of Asian Test event still hangs in balance By Our Special Representative
  5. ^ a b c [5] Inaugural Asian Test championships 11 February 1999 Sa'adi Thawfeeq
  6. ^ [6] Asian Test Cricket Championship, February - March 1999 Indian Squad
  7. ^ [7] Asian Test Cricket Championship, February - March 1999 Pakistani Squad
  8. ^ [8] Asian Test Cricket Championship, February - March 1999 Sri Lankan Squad
  9. ^ [9] Asian Test Championships: Committee to suggest playing conditions 28 December 1998 By Our Sports Reporter
  10. ^ a b c [10] Asian Test Cricket Championship, February - March 1999 Points Table
  11. ^ [11] Points at stake in the Asian Test Championship 11 February 1999 By Our Special Representative