It Is Confusing, Difficult To Understand: Kohli On ICC’s Decision To Alter WTC Points System


India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday scrutinized the ICC for adjusting the focus arrangement of the debut World Test Championship (WTC), saying the change is “confounding” and the overseeing body has a great deal to clarify. India slipped to the second situation in the standings of the continuous World Test Championship (WTC) after the ICC a week ago chose to rank groups “arranged by level of focuses acquired” from the challenging matches.

Australia (296 focuses from 3 arrangement) brought down India (360 focuses from 4 arrangement) in the standings after the modification with a level of 82.22 contrasted with the last’s 75 percent. An angry Kohli said the choice is “astonishing” and “troublesome” to grasp.

“It is unquestionably astonishing in light of the fact that we were informed that focuses involve conflict for the best two groups qualifying in World Test titles and now abruptly it has become rate all of a sudden, so it is befuddling and hard to get why,” Kohli said during a video meeting in front of the primary ODI against Australia.

“… on the off chance that these things were disclosed to us from the very beginning, at that point it would have been more clear the motivation behind why such a change has occurred. Yet, it occurred all of a sudden and I think further inquiries should be posed to the ICC to comprehend why this has been done and what are the purposes for it.”

With the furious COVID-19 pandemic prompting the scratch-off of a few respective arrangements, the ICC said “simply under portion of the World Test Championship matches have been played, with that assessed to ascend to more than 85 percent before the finish of the opposition window.” According to current guidelines, deficient matches are treated as draw however after due consultation, the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble, suggested that the last WTC standings should be resolved based on matches played, which was endorsed by the Board.

“Both the Cricket Committee and Chief Executives Committee upheld the methodology of positioning groups dependent on finished matches and focuses procured as this mirrors their presentation and doesn’t inconvenience groups that have been not able to contend the entirety of their matches through no flaw of their own,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney had said.

With India planned to play four Tests in Australia and afterward have England for five Tests, the consequences of the two arrangements will choose the finalists of the debut WTC. The last is planned at Lord’s in England in June 2021.