SnookerFan wrote:My issue is more with it being referred to as the World Championship than anything else.
Yes, I know World Championships prior to The Crucible era were different to what we have today, but the event has now been formalised and standardised. So, by all means put something on if you can. But if it wildly differs from what we have now, I don't see how the winner can be called World Champion. If you enter a tournament where not all players were invited to, and matches were all best of seven/nine/eleven, I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable considering the winner to be the World Champion.
When it comes to whether it's a ranking event or not, the only real issue for me is it would seem unfair if certain players weren't allowed to enter it and were thus being punished for something that was beyond their control. If lower ranked players weren't invited because you couldn't hold a qualifying tournament, for example.
I'd prefer a standard World Championship, obviously. But if they can't do it quite like that, and have to come up with some alternative I'd be interested in watching it. But might suggest they call it something other than The World Championship.
Yes, again we see all the problems caused by this idiotic ranking system. However things happen for the next 2 years, the rankings are bound to be distorted. If they don't hold a WC, or if the 'ranking points' don't count, then players who did well in the 2019 WC have a huge advantage.
Stupid, stupid, stupid system.
Incidentally, whether they call it 'World Championship' or not doesn't really matter. It's just a tournament. I expect whoever wins will have their name engraved on the trophy, even if only in italics. It matters for people who like to keep the record books 'nice and clean', which would normally include me. But I'll sacrifice almost all my pronciples during this crisis, just to get something on.