Wellington: India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday put his weight behind the World Check Championship, terming it because the mom of all different ICC occasions.
“I think World Test Championship as an ICC tournament should be right up there. All the other tournaments for me they start under that. This is probably the biggest of them all as every team wants to make it to the final at the Lord’s. We are no different. We are in that zone. We want to make sure that we qualify as soon as we can and be in that frame of mind to hopefully win that (championship),” stated Kohli forward of India’s first Check towards New Zealand on the Basin Reserve from Friday.
Kohli stated the Check Championship has made the longest format of the sport extra thrilling, including that India is likely to be sitting on high of the factors chart however they should carry out away from dwelling to take care of that.
The Indian staff are on the high of the World Check Championship desk with 360 factors whereas New Zealand are on the sixth spot with 60 factors.
“It has made Test cricket more exciting and that’s something we have experienced as a side although we haven’t had too many games away from home. Couple of games in the West Indies and we haven’t had a tour of Australia as a part of Test Championship. This is our first away tour since the start of the home season,” stated Kohli.
“Games will be intense and teams will go for wins rather than settling for draws which is what we need to see in Test cricket. South Africa versus England series was very exciting. England won the Cape Town Test in the final hour and you will see lot more results like that because there are lot more points in line,” he added whereas referring to the current South Africa-England Check sequence.
Going by ICC’s proposed 2023-2031 Future Excursions Programme (FTP) cycle, a proposed T20 Champions Cup is earmarked for 2024 and 2028 and an ODI Champions Cup in 2025 and 2029, moreover the T20 World Cups in 2026 and 2030, and the ODI World Cups in 2027 and 2031.