India tour of Australia: ‘New WTC points system is surprising, confusing and difficult to comprehend,’ says Indian skipper Virat Kohli


India tour of Australia: ‘New WTC points system is surprising, confusing and difficult to comprehend,’ says Indian skipper Virat Kohli

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli addressed the media through video-conferencing ahead of India’s tour of Australia and discussed about the ‘confusing’ new system of allocating points for the World Test Championships (WTC). The tour begins tomorrow with the first ODI at Sydney. There will then be two more ODIs before three T20Is and four Tests. Virat Kohli won’t be available for the final three Tests as he is set to leave for India at the time on ‘paternity leave’.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) meanwhile, announced that the WTC will have a different points system than what was initially planned due to the cricket schedule taking a hit after the COVID-19 pandemic. While the total points was the initial criteria for deciding rankings, it has now been changed to the percentage of points per match. This has led to India dropping in ranking from the top spot to the second spot. Australia occupy the top spot now.

‘If these things were explained earlier, it would have been easier to understand’

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Virat Kohli with Australian skipper Tim Paine

Responding to questions on the new WTC points system, Virat Kohli made it clear that he was not happy with the changes. He stated that the new changes were ‘confusing’, ‘surprising’ and ‘difficult to understand’. “It is definitely surprising because we were told that points are a matter of contention for the top two teams qualifying in World Test championships and now suddenly it has become percentage out of nowhere, so it is confusing and difficult to understand why,” Kohli said.

“If these things were explained to us from day one then it would have been easier to understand the reason why such a change has happened. But it happened out of nowhere and I think further questions need to be asked to the ICC to understand why this has been done and what are the reasons behind it,” he added.

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