West Indies quick bowling nice Michael Holding has termed the World Test Championship’s factors system as “ridiculous”, the place a few of the Checks will probably be rendered inconsequential as soon as groups realise that they cannot end in prime two within the factors desk. As per the present factors system, the worth for every Test match win in a two-match collection is 60 factors a sport. Nevertheless, if it is a five-match collection, the worth of a Test match win is lowered to 24. So mainly, a crew can acquire as much as 120 factors from a collection, whatever the variety of matches.
The highest two then qualify for the ultimate. The Test Championship, which is scheduled to complete with a ultimate at Lord’s in June 2021, was launched by the ICC final yr in a bid to revive bilateral Test cricket.
“It doesn’t work,” Holding instructed Wisden Cricket Month-to-month throughout a spherical desk when requested if the Test championship was attaining what it was designed for.
“First of all the points system is ridiculous. You can’t play five Test matches and get the same amount of points if you play two Test matches.
“And secondly, sooner or later you are going to have groups who know they can’t get to the ultimate and so these Test matches aren’t going to be all that entertaining. Individuals know it is simply one other sport.”
England quick bowler Chris Woakes, who was additionally a part of the roundtable, mentioned the factors system may should be tweaked in future.
“The New Zealand collection (England misplaced 1-Zero away to the Black Caps final winter) wasn’t a part of the World Test Championship however that defeat did not have an effect on us any much less as gamers,” Woakes said.
“I feel the system may want a little bit of tinkering with sooner or later. Anybody can flip somebody over in a one-off ultimate, relying on the toss or circumstances. If there was extra time within the calendar they might do a three-match ultimate however sadly there simply is not,” he said.
India are currently leading the World Test Championship which has been thrown out of gear due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw the postponement of a number of series.
In February this year, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had said there are elements of the points system used for the World Test Championship which are “unfair”.