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ICC World Test Championship point system needs re-look: Michael Holding

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The legendary fast bowler, Michael Holding believes that there is a need for re-evaluation of the point system in the newly invented ICC World Test Championship. He feels that current point system will make the matches inconsequential after a certain period of time.

The Jamaican Fast bowler participated in a round table with Wisden Cricket Monthly. He told that the way the point system is designed; it would be difficult to achieve the desired outcome from the World Test Championship.

Inequality in point’s distribution

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Holding believes the way the point distribution system is designed it would be difficult to achieve the desired outcome (Image Credits: ICC)
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The Jamaican legend told the Wisden Cricket Monthly that the way the point distribution system is designed it would be difficult to achieve the desired outcome for which the World Test Championship has invented.

Notably, in the current point system the value for a test series is 120 points irrespective of the number of matches in the series. For example, if a test series is of 2 matches then each of the match’s value is 60 points while it becomes 24 points per matches in a test series of 5 matches.

“First of all, the point system is ridiculous. You can’t play five test matches and get the same amount of points if you play two test matches,” said Holding.

Test Matches would turn into ‘just another Match’

Virat Kohli and his men took that form into the home series against South Africa and won the series 3-0, adding a further 120 points to their WTC tally.
India, which is at the top of ICC World Test Championship, won the Test Series against South Africa and gained 120 points (Image Credits: ICC)

Known for his nickname ‘Whispering Death’, Michael Holding said that this inequality in point’s distribution certainly, in some point of time would not be able to make matches interesting.

Holding feels that once the team realises that they can’t make it to either of the top two positions, the matches won’t be that interesting.

In his Words, the Jamaican said: “At some points you are going to have teams who know they cannot get to the final and so those Test matches aren’t going to be all that entertaining. People know that it’s just another game.”

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