‘Out of nowhere’: Confused Kohli takes aim at ICC for points change

A lively India captain Virat Kohli has turned up the heat on the game’s world governing body hours before his side tackles Australia at the SCG on Friday, expressing his displeasure at changes to the World Test Championship points system which have made it harder for the cricket superpower to make next year’s final.

After emerging from two weeks’ quarantine at a Sydney Olympic Park hotel late on Thursday, Kohli issued his first public comments of the Australian tour, also indicating tension in the Indian camp over the lack of information the team has been given about white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s availability following a hamstring injury.

Virat Kohli has called for the ICC to answer more questions about the WTC.Credit:AP

"If these things were explained to us from day one then it would have been easier for us to understand the reasons why such a change has happened. But it has happened out of nowhere. I think further questions about this should be asked to the ICC and understand why this has been done and what are the reasons behind it."

Kohli said he had also been left mystified about the absence of star teammate Sharma, who has not yet made the trip to Australia.

"Before the selection meeting, we got a mail that he is unavailable, that he has picked up an injury during the IPL. It said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to him and he understood and he was unavailable for selection," Kohli said.

"After that he played in the IPL and we all thought he was going to be on that flight to Australia, which he wasn’t, and we had no information whatsoever on the reason why he is not travelling with us. After that the only other information we have received officially on mail is he’s in the NCA [National Cricket Academy], he’s been assessed and he’ll be further assessed on 11 December.

“There has been no information, there has been lack of clarity. We have been playing the waiting game on this issue for a while now, which is not ideal at all. It’s been very confusing, there has been a lot of confusion.”

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