ICC WTC 2021-23: “Best of three or One-off” finals? BCCI President Sourav Ganguly takes his pick

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ICC WTC 2021-23: India will kick off the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 cycle against England on August 4. The two teams will play the five-Test series which will end on September 14. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is impressed with what India achieved in their inaugural WTC cycle. Since India’s eight-wicket loss against New Zealand at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton, there has been a lot of talks for a “best of three” finals. Ganguly, however, feels it is still too early to take such calls.

It is too early to say. Let this season finish. The ICC will look at a lot of things. At this stage, I would rather wait before saying anything,” he was quoted by the Week Magazine as saying.

ICC WTC 2021-23: The debate for the ‘best of three’ first started when both India head coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli called for reform from one-off final to best of three to decide a winner. It intensified after former England skipper Michael Vaughan vouched with the former.

Ganguly, on the other hand, said it was just the first edition and there will be changes made in the future.

“It is a very good concept for sure. I think Test cricket is the biggest and strongest form of cricket and it should have a final. As far as the one-off Test as a final is concerned, it is the first [edition]. Things will be looked into for the future. The ICC will get feedback from all stakeholders.”

ICC WTC 2021-23: India’s road to the WTC final was full of exciting fixtures. But one that stood out was against Australia in November last year.

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The Ajinkya Rahane-led team bounced back from a 0-1 deficit to take the series 2-1 Ganguly termed India’s performance in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar trophy as its ‘highlight’ performance.

I think their [series] win against Australia was the highlight for me. Australia is always a strong team, and beating them in at home was a huge [achievement] by India. With key players missing out, it was huge that their replacements delivered. India has played consistently well and that is why they are in the finals,” he said.

ICC WTC 2021-23 Schedule: India vs England fixture

India Tour of England

August 4-8: England versus India, First Test, Trent Bridge

August 12-16: England versus India, Second Test, Lord’s

August 25-29: England versus India, Third Test, Headingley

September 2-6: England versus India, Fourth Test, Kennington Oval

September 10-14: England versus India, Fifth Test, Old Trafford