India is one team that has done well in both WTC cycles played thus far.
The introduction of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) brings a new dimension to Test cricket. Amid growing rumors of a slow death, several former cricketers and International Cricket Council (ICC) officials sweated over the future of the sport’s longest-running sport.
However, the introduction of the WTC cycle has definitely increased the engagement with the format, adding real meaning to each test match that takes place within the cycle.
India is a team that has performed well in both his WTC cycles so far. They finished the 2019-21 season runners-up after losing to Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, and in the recently concluded 2021-23 season Pat Cummins’ Australia won the coveted Test Mace and must settle for the result. did not become.
When you attend an ICC event, you usually have the opportunity to meet almost all the teams that are competing together in the tournament, as was the case in the 1992 World Cup and the 2019 World Cup in England. Wales, but surprisingly, since the inauguration of the WTC, India has never had a chance to face its arch-rival Pakistan.
The ICC also announced the schedule for his next WTC cycle (2023-25), but as expected, the neighboring nations are not scheduled to play each other during the biennial cycle. Strange as it may seem, political tensions between the two countries have long prevented cricket from being played between the two countries, depriving fans of the delicious action.
Former cricketer and broadcaster Aakash Chopra also tried to draw the attention of cricket’s top governing bodies to the same by stating his views on his YouTube channel.
“We are not going to play every team. But this is the WTC, the ICC event. It’s been four years since then…can you imagine an ICC event without India vs Pakistan? It always takes place at the beginning of the tournament, giving it a good start commercially. It gets top ratings and people make money,” Chopra said.
Chopra has criticized the ICC for the fact that there has never been a clash between India and Pakistan in the completed WTC cycle, and in fact all matches played during the cycle are held by cricket’s supreme governing body. should be under the jurisdiction of, and not just on paper.
“So the WTC is not an ICC event, is it?” Chopra continued. “This is the Mace of the ICC, they host the finals. Therefore, all games played within the cycle must be under the jurisdiction of the ICC. It lasts six years, but between India and Pakistan
“This is also an ICC event. If not, please clarify. Call it bilateral cricket and accept that we did the WTC just to glorify the inspection,” Chopra added.