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To Stick With Percentage Of Points System-ICC CEO

According to ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice, the ‘percentage of points won’ ranking mechanism for the World Test Championship will stay in place for the 2021-23 cycle.

Forced To Adopt A Consistent Scoring System

After the Covid-19 outbreak prompted the cancellation of several scheduled series midway through the inaugural cycle, the ICC was forced to adopt a consistent scoring system.

“I think we are going to stick with the percentage of points – one method to rank a team. When we looked at the first 12 months of the competition, you had teams on a number of points, but it was all relative to how many series they played,” he said.

“One of the ways to compare teams on an ongoing basis is what proportion of the points that have been available in the matches they played, and if they actually won. And that percentage served us well in the second half of the championship. That is part of the changes.

“The other thing is, if we are using the percentage of points one, we can put a standardised number of points per Test match, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s a two-Test series or a five-Test series; the same number of points will be available for each match that’s played, but every team will be judged on the percentage of those points that it wins and not on the total.”

No Choice But To Account

While Allardice agreed with Kohli’s critique, he said the ICC’s Cricket Committee had no choice but to account for the fact that not all sides will be able to play all six series they were allowed.

“The principle that we had when we created the competition was that every match in a series that was played as part of the Test Championship should count. The point system was also to try and reflect that a two-match series is worth the same as a five-match series.

That was trying to make sure that everyone was playing for the same number of points in total, everyone was playing for the same number of points home and away,” he said.

“One of things that happened during this cycle is that it became evident that not everyone was going to complete their six series as a result of some of the postponements due to Covid. So we left the final in the spot in the calendar where it was originally scheduled.

But because we are going to have teams playing an uneven number of series we needed to tweak the points system to try and make it as fair as possible and to make sure it reflected the matches that they did play rather than too heavily influenced by what they didn’t play.”

Ravi Shastri’s concept of playing the best of three finals according to Allardice.

“In a perfect world a three-Test series would be a great way to decide the World Test Championship,” Allardice said.

“But the reality of the international cricket schedule is we are just not going to have [a situation where] blocking out a month or so for all the teams in the tournament for the final is realistic.

That’s why the one-match final was decided upon. Why it is quite exciting is because it brings something new. Here we are – we’ve got a one-off Test match to decide the best team in the world over this two-year cycle.”

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