Declaring joint-winners leaves a sour taste in the mouth: Chopra on WTC final

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29 May 2021 | 09:22 AM
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Declaring joint-winners leaves a sour taste in the mouth: Chopra on WTC final

The former India batsman also suggests the match go on till a team wins

Former India batsman Aakash Chopra feels that if India and New Zealand were to share the World test Championship (WTC) leaves a sour taste in the mouth. In case of a draw or a tie, both teams will be declared joint-winners according to the recent announcement made by the ICC.

"If the final match is a draw, both the teams will be declared as the joint winners. I do understand that you do not want a tie-breaker but if it is a two-year-long tournament and still you cannot call a team the champion, it just does not sound right, personally, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth," Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

He was also unhappy with the fact that the reserve sixth day will come into play only when there have been interruptions due to bad weather.

"Another thing is that a reserve day has been kept but that reserve day will only be used if the overs from the first five days are left due to the weather. The sixth day will not be used if the match ends when you needed say a couple of wickets and the opposition team required 125 runs," Chopra, a veteran of 10 Tests said. 

Chopra also suggested some changes in the playing conditions.

"Firstly, if you have kept an extra day, I would say add a seventh day as well, play for as long as you get a winner. I know it has not happened for a long while but timeless Tests used to be there. If you have already kept a sixth day, why not use it to get the result," the commentator said.

"Secondly, you can make it a three-match series. If you win the first two matches, it's over. The third match will only be played if you don't have a winner after the first two matches. If you play just the one Test, that too in an alien country, after a two-year-long tournament, that should not be the case," he added.

India and New Zealand will clash in the inaugural WTC final in Southampton on June 18.

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