Aakash Chopra slams ICC format forward of WTC closing


Former India opener Aakash Chopra has criticized the format for the World Take a look at Championship (WTC) closing, which will likely be performed between India and New Zealand in Southampton, beginning Friday. In keeping with Chopra, deciding the winner of a two-year-long match on the idea of a one-off Take a look at is extremely unfair.

Earlier, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri had additionally batted for the WTC closing to be a best-of-three affair. Nevertheless, the ICC response acknowledged that it was not a sensible choice contemplating the packed cricketing calendar.

In a YouTube chat with Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal, Chopra slammed the ICC over the present WTC format. He opined:

“After two years of arduous work, you play one Take a look at out of the country to resolve the winner of the World Take a look at Championship (WTC). I can’t perceive this format. If you wish to set up a WTC closing out of the country, a minimum of have a best-of-three format.”

Chopra needs the ultimate to be a best-of-three affair.

“In Australia, even the Benson & Hedges sequence, which was only a tri-series, used to have three finals. Right here after two years, there’s one closing to resolve the winner. And if there’s a draw, which is sort of potential, since there’s a probability of rain in England, they we could have joint winners or two champions. I’m not satisfied with this. Hopefully, the ICC will change the format subsequent time.”

Chopra prompt that, within the case of a draw, declaring the group which completed on high of the WTC factors could be a fairer choice. He added:

“As a substitute of getting joint winners, ICC may have declared the group that was No. 1 within the factors desk as winner. India have been on high so they’d win in that case, however even when New Zealand have been the facet with most factors, they’d have been deserving winners.”

The previous cricketer additionally expressed reservations over using reserve day for the WTC closing, which is able to come into play solely to make up for misplaced overs. Chopra questioned:

“What if, on the final day, one facet wants 45 runs to win and the opposition wants two wickets? Shouldn’t the reserve day be used to finish the match even when the overs have been accomplished? If we will have a outcome, they why not? It’s the WTC closing in spite of everything.”

Indisputable fact that Neil Wagner might not play WTC closing proof of Kiwis’ quick bowling riches: Aakash Chopra

Chopra lauded New Zealand for placing collectively a robust group regardless of the shortage of assets. The Black Caps reclaimed the No. 1 spot within the ICC Take a look at rankings following their victory over England in Edgbaston. Praising New Zealand’s resolve and tradition, Chopra mentioned:

“New Zealand is a small nation, so that they lack a little bit of depth, however their present set of gamers is basically good. In the event you have a look at their quick bowling power, Tim Southee didn’t play within the second Take a look at towards England. However, he wasn’t missed. Matt Henry performed there, however he may not make the WTC closing taking part in XI.”

Chopra has praised New Zealand’s group spirit.

“Neil Wagner has claimed so many wickets over the past two years, however even he may not make the WTC closing taking part in XI. Their batsmen should not flamboyant or engaging, however they play nicely inside their limitations. Their tradition is basically good. They play for one another.”

New Zealand on Tuesday named their 15-member squad for the WTC closing. All-rounder Mitchell Santner was the large identify lacking, with Ajaz Patel getting the nod forward of him.




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