Australia vs India: Virat Kohli Says ICC’s Decision To Alter World Test Championship Points System Is “Difficult To Understand” | Cricket NewsNovember 26, 2020
India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday questioned the ICC for altering the factors system of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC), saying the change is “confusing” and the governing physique has quite a bit to clarify. India slipped to the second place within the standings of the continuing World Test Championship (WTC) after the ICC final week determined to rank groups “in order of percentage of points earned” from the contested matches. Australia (296 factors from three collection) toppled India (360 factors from four collection) within the standings after the revision with a proportion of 82.22 in comparison with the India’s 75 per cent.
A furious Kohli stated the choice is “surprising” and “difficult” to understand.
“It is definitely surprising because we were told that points are a matter of contention for the top two teams qualifying in World Test championships and now suddenly it has become percentage out of nowhere, so it is confusing and difficult to understand why,” Kohli stated throughout a video convention forward of the primary ODI towards Australia.
“… if these things were explained to us from day one then it would have been easier to understand the reason why such a change has happened.
“But it occurred out of nowhere and I believe additional questions must be requested to the ICC to grasp why this has been carried out and what are the explanations behind it.”
With the raging COVID-19 pandemic leading to the cancellation of several bilateral series, the ICC said that just under half of the World Test Championship matches have been played, with that “estimated to rise to greater than 85 per cent by the top of the competitors window.”
According to current regulations, incomplete matches are treated as draw but after due deliberation, the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble, recommended that the final WTC standings should be determined on the basis of matches played, which was approved by the Board.
“Both the Cricket Committee and Chief Executives Committee supported the method of rating groups primarily based on accomplished matches and factors earned as this displays their efficiency and does not drawback groups which have been unable to compete all of their matches by way of no fault of their very own,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney had stated.
With India scheduled to play 4 Tests in Australia after which host England for 5 Tests, the outcomes of the 2 collection will resolve the finalists of the inaugural WTC.
The last is scheduled at Lord’s in England in June 2021.
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