The Experienced English critiques the ICC point structure of Word Test Championship format expressing his dissatisfaction towards it. READ MORE Pragyan Ojha picks three players who can lead India in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka
Predefined Point Structure
As per the rules, Each Test series between the competing teams would carry 120 points regardless of the count of matches in the series. A series of 5 games carried 120 points split into 24 each for a winning game and a 2-match series also carried same pointing halving into 60 each for a winning game.
Inevitable alterations in the rule midway
The unprecedented global pandemic affected the sports big time as cricket was skipped for months in the wake of COVID-19. The tournament which began in 2019 had to be paused last year for a while which led to cancellations of multiple scheduled test series. ICC took a turn and decided the rest of the schedule would go as it was supposed to be. The ICC WTC qualifications scenario also changed as winning percentage factor was accentuated instead of points. New Zealand, Australia, India and England were the top contenders when the tournament was resumed after the four month halt. Accoring to the forced altered rule, New Zealand were on top and eventually became the first tea to qualify for the WTC final.
Broad condemns the rule
Bangladesh visited India in 2019 for two match series which India comfortably won and bagged 120 points. Stuart Broad questioned this predefined structure asking if a 5-match ashes is worth as 2-match series of India-Bangladesh. Australia toured England for the 2019 ashes which was a part of WTC tournament that resulted in a draw.
Both England and Australia amassed 60 points each from the ashes.
“I can’t quite work our how a five-match Ashes series can be worth the same as India playing Bangladesh for two tests. There’s something in idea and it has given great context to the game but there needs to be work done on how it all comes together,I think”. Broad stated while speaking to PA