Even though Stuart Broad is impressed with concept of the World Test Championship, he feels that the points distribution system in the current format needs some modifications, claiming that how a two-match Test series between India and Bangladesh can weigh the same as a five Tests Ashes.
According to the current format, each series accounts for 120 points, irrespective of the number of matches. Points for each Test will depend on the number of Tests in a series. The current format has received the flak of several cricket experts.
“The World Test Championship is a really good concept, I just don’t think it’s quite right yet. It’s a first-time effort. I can’t quite work out how a five-match Ashes series can be worth the same as India playing Bangladesh for two Tests,” Sportskeeda quoted Broad.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, several series’ were postponed due to which the ICC made some changes to the points table. The board declared that instead of the outright points, teams with the highest percentage of points will go through the final. The decision drew criticism from all corners, and Stuart Broad believe that ICC needs to make certain changes to the format for the next edition.
“There’s something in the 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 added.
He further opined that the current format works to England’s disadvantage as they play a lot more matches than other teams. England played 21 Test in the current edition while India were second with 17.
“We had an opportunity, but the amount of cricket we play as an England side in the current system makes it very difficult to get into the final,” Broad concluded.
The final of the World Test Championship will be played between India and New Zealand at Southampton from 18-22 June.
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