ICC WTC: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has heaped praises for the primal ICC World Test Championship (WTC), saying the competition has added great value to the Test format.
The New Zealand team is all set to lock horns with India in the marquee ICC WTC final starting on June 18 till June 22 (June 23 as reserve day). The Black Caps were the first to qualify for the finals, while India qualified after defeating England in the England tour of India Test series earlier this year.
“They have looked to bring about more context to the Test format and I think we saw it at the end of the competition, teams trying to push their case for qualifying which made way for a lot of exciting results,” Williamson said.
“I thought it proved to be great adding that context and for us to see ourselves in the position we are in the finals now. It is exciting.”
“Obviously the idea behind the tournament structure of Test championship and added points and these sorts of things to entice and improve the brand of the game and I think when it came to the crunch time, you could see the equation of what they had to do to be involved in the final.
Williamson said that the two-year tournament cycle of the tournament has generated a lot of interest from the public towards one of the most revered formats of the game.
“You saw sides play that way which is what they are after. Hopefully, that has generated a lot of interest from the public and enjoyment of the Test game, which is obviously what cricketers are involved in.
“It is the pinnacle and I certainly enjoy playing it. It has added a good element to the Test format.”
New Zealand is currently ranked No.2 in the ICC Test Rankings. India occupies the top spot. New Zealand is currently squaring off with England in a two-match Test series. The first match ended in a draw. The second Test will being from June 10.
“We are looking forward to that when we are taking on the top-rank side in the world,” he said of the final. “We know how strong they are and the depth they have. So exciting to be playing against each other at a neutral venue.”