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“Not A Popularity Contest,” Jason Gillespie Slams ICC After They Announce T20I Team Of The Decade

Babar Azam was not a part of ICC's T20I XI for this decade.

Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has slammed the ICC for being partial in their announcement of the T20I XI of the decade. Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has been named as the captain of ICC’s ODI and T20I team of the last decade. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has been named as the captain of the ICC Test Team of the decade.

All three teams have a number of matchwinners in the side making the teams almost unbeatable one. The ICC in a few tweets declared the ODI, T20I and Test teams of the decade. The T20I side is comprised of four players from India, two from Australia, two West Indies and one each from Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Afghanistan.

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Meanwhile, in a tweet, Jason Gillespie has expressed his disappointment of not including Pakistan’s Babar Azam in the XI. The ICC has also ignored another big name in T20I cricket, Jos Buttler. Azam and Butler both average over fifty in T20I cricket, but still have not found themselves in the ICC 20 XI of the decade. 

Jason Gillespie Slams ICC T20I XI

Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar also slammed the ICC for picking a partial ICC T20I XI. He said that it looks more like an IPL XI. 

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MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah make up the four Indians in the playing XI. Universe Boss Chris Gayle is the other opener alongside Rohit, Aaron Finch has been slotted in at number three followed by Virat at four. AB De Villiers and Glenn Maxwell slots in at five and six. Skipper MS Dhoni will bat at number seven. Windies power-hitter Kieron Pollard has been placed at number 8 as the other all-round option alongside Maxwell.

ICC T20I Team of the decade:

Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

Anshuman Roy

A cricket and sports enthusiast having previously worked with Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint and now with Cricfit.

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