World Test Championship pinnacle of all ICC tournaments: Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday rated the World Test Championship as the most important amongst all the ICC occasions within the wake of revelations that the sport’s governing physique is planning to have extra flagship white ball tournaments through the subsequent eight-year cycle from 2023-2031.

According to ICC’s proposed 2023-2031 Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle, a proposed T20 Champions Cup is earmarked for 2024 and 2028 and an ODI Champions Cup in 2025 and 2029, alongside the T20 World Cups in 2026 and 2030, and the ODI World Cups in 2027 and 2031.

“I think World Test Championship as an ICC tournament should be right up there. All the other tournaments for me they start under that. This is probably the biggest of them all as every team wants to make it to the final at the Lord’s. We are no different. “We are in that zone. We want to make sure that we qualify as soon as we can and be in that frame of mind to hopefully win that (championship),” stated the Indian skipper ahead of first Test against New Zealand from Friday.

Kohli has no doubts that World Test Championship has added a context to the normal format making the contests extra thrilling with factors on provide.

“It has made Test cricket more exciting and that’s something we have experienced as a side although we haven’t had too many games away from home. Couple of games in the West Indies and we haven’t had a tour of Australia as a part of Test Championship. This is our first away tour since the start of home season,” stated Kohli.

The skipper expects that the two-Test sequence will probably be as intense because the current sequence between England and South Africa.

“Games will probably be intense and groups will go for wins relatively than settling for attracts which is what we have to see in Test cricket. The South Africa versus England sequence was very thrilling. England won the Cape Town Test within the closing hour and you will note lot extra outcomes like that as a result of there are lot extra factors in line,” he added.

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