Michael Holding slams World Test Championship’s point system, calls it ridiculous


West Indies quick bowling nice Michael Holding has termed the World Test Championship’s factors system as “ridiculous”, the place a few of the Tests shall be rendered inconsequential as soon as groups realise that they can not end in high 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 recreation. However, if it’s a five-match collection, the worth of a Test match win is decreased to 24. So principally, a staff can achieve as much as 120 factors from a collection, whatever the variety of matches.

The high two then qualify for the ultimate.

The Test Championship, which is scheduled to complete with a last 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 Monthly throughout a spherical desk when requested if the Test championship was reaching what it was designed for.

“First of all of the factors system is ridiculous. You cannot play 5 Test matches and get the identical quantity of factors when you play two Test matches.

“And secondly, at some point you’re going to have teams who know they cannot get to the final and so those Test matches aren’t going to be all that entertaining. People know it’s just another game.”

England quick bowler Chris Woakes, who was additionally a part of the roundtable, stated the factors system would possibly must be tweaked in future.

“The New Zealand series (England lost 1-0 away to the Black Caps last winter) wasn’t part of the World Test Championship but that defeat didn’t affect us any less as players,” Woakes stated.

“I think the system might need a bit of tinkering with in the future. Anyone can turn someone over in a one-off final, depending on the toss or conditions. If there was more time in the calendar they could do a three-match final but unfortunately there just isn’t,” he stated.

India are presently main the World Test Championship which has been thrown out of substances because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which noticed the postponement of quite a lot of collection.

In February this yr, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had stated there are parts of the factors system used for the World Test Championship that are “unfair”.

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