I Want to Understand The Logic Behind This: Ravi Shastri Was Baffled With WTC Rule Tweak
India head coach Ravi Shastri wasn’t a happy man when he got to know that ICC has decided to tweak the rules of World Test Championship. When the Covid hit, ICC’s technical committee tweaked the rules where each team would now have to qualify on the basis of percentage points and not the actual points earned. India was the biggest loser in the new scenario because they now had to win series in Australia and seal the deal at home against England to seal the WTC Finals spot.
“I am sitting at home during Covid-19, right in the month of October-November. You have got more points than any other team in the world. 360 at that time, suddenly, a week later without playing any cricket, there is a rule that comes stating that the points would be decided on the percentage system and go from number one to three. Fine, that’s because of countries not wanting to travel, all acceptable and fine,” Shastri said.
Prior to the rule change, India were the front-runners to enter the WTC final as they were the table toppers and miles ahead of their competitor. “I want to understand the logic behind this, what is the way forward for me? I have to go to Australia, sitting comfortably at the top spot, leading by 60-70 points. They say you have to go to Australia, you have to beat Australia. How many teams in the last ten years can say with guarantee that we will beat Australia? The reason I am saying this, you are sitting at the top of the table, percentage system, you have to go to Australia and beat Australia. If you do not beat Australia, you come back home and beat England 4-0, you get close to 500 points and you still do not qualify. We have had to dig deep, we have had to go down every hole that is needed to find water. Do not ask me about the next cycle, first, let’s finish this cycle,” he added.
India beat England in the fourth and final Test match in Motera to enter WTC final. It came down to the wire for the hosts who had to win back-to-back Test matches to lift the series 3-1.