Stuart Broad calls for amending points allocation for World Test Championship
England seamer Stuart Broad says he can't figure out how a five match Ashes series is worth the same as any other bilateral series of two matches.
While speaking to ‘Press Association’, Premier English fast bowler Stuart Broad expressed his views, on the points allocation system in World Test Championship (WTC). He criticized that the system isn’t quite right and it needs to be changed as it’s the inaugural year of WTC. Also, he can’t figure out how a five-match Ashes series is worth the same as any other bilateral series of two matches.
The issue arises when a maximum of 120 points is available up for grabs, irrespective of the matches played in a series. For example, if the series is of five matches, a win would account for 24 points whereas if the series is of two matches, a win is equal to 60 points.
“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,” Stuart Broad said.
Broad’s views make more sense as points calculating criteria were changed mid-way due to tours being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ICC updated the criteria for qualifying for the finals, last year with percentage points being the only criteria for qualification.
“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.
England was placed fourth in the rankings for WTC. England played the most number of test matches (21) during the WTC cycle. India played just 17 test matches and is in the WTC Finals. Broad explains that they were unable to cut because of the high number of games England played.
“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 said.
India and New Zealand will face off in WTC finals in England from 18 June to 22, with 23 being a reserve day.