The World Test Championship point system is ridiculous: Holding
NEW DELHI: Great Antilles fast bowling Michael Holding has named the World Test Championship The point system is ridiculous, where some of the tests will become inconsequential once the teams realize they can't finish in the top two in the point table.
Under the current point system, the value of each test game won in a two-game series is 60 points per game. However, if it's a five-game series, the value of a test victory drops to 24. So basically, a team can earn up to 120 points from a series, regardless of the number of games.
The first two are classified for the final.
The Test Championship, which is scheduled to end with a final at Lord's in June 2021, was presented by the ICC last year in an attempt to revive the bilateral cricket event.
It doesn't work, Holding said. Wisden Cricket Monthly during a round table when asked if the test championship was achieving what it was designed for.
First of all, the point system is ridiculous. You cannot play five Test matches and get the same amount of points if you play two Test matches.
And secondly, at some point you will have teams that know they cannot make it to the final, so those test matches will not be as entertaining. People know it is just another game.
Fast Bowler from England Chris wakes up , who was also part of the round table, said the point system may need adjustments in the 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 said.
I think the system might need a little tinkering in the future. Anyone can deliver someone in a single final, depending on the draw or conditions. If there was more time on the calendar, they could make a three-game final. but unfortunately there just isn't, 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 of this year, the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had said there are elements of the points system used for the World Test Championship which are "unfair".