Stuart Broad Questions World Test Championship Points Allocation System

Stuart Broad Questions World Test Championship Points Allocation System

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England seamer Stuart Broad has reckoned that the World Test Championship is a good concept but he can’t really work out how a five-match Test series equates to a two-match rubber.

The points allotment system in the World Test Championship has attracted criticism ever since the start of the tournament given the fact the maximum points (120) that a team can achieve is independent of the length of the series.

While in the case of a two-match series, a Test win fetches a team 60 points, it is equivalent to 24 in the case of a 5-match rubber.

India finished the World Test Championship cycle at the numero-uno spot followed by New Zealand while England finished at the 4th spot.

“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.

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Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the Covid-19 pandemic delaying wreaking havoc on the Future Tour Progam [FTP], the ICC amended the criteria for qualification last year with percentage points being the sole criteria for qualification. The decision attracted a lot of criticism and Stuart Broad feels that while World Test Championship has given context to Test cricket, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done as far as its format is concerned.

”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 played the most number of Tests [21] during the World Test Championship cycle and Stuart Broad believes that with the amount of cricket that England plays, it will difficult for them to make it to the finals in the current system.

”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.

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