Former New Zealand cricketer and renowned broadcaster Simon Doull has opened up on Team India’s match schedule in the ongoing T20 World Cup. While they started their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24th, they played their next match, a week later against New Zealand as well.
And, Doull said that the scheduling was right to keep Pakistan in the first game. However, he felt that New Zealand should have been their last opponent instead of Namibia in the mega event.
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While speaking to Cricbuzz, Simon Doull said:
“I don’t know how to put this kindly, but there was a real air of arrogance around the scheduling and that is what the broadcasters wanted with involvement from the ICC as they wanted India’s fixtures around the holidays around Diwali and all that so they wanted those games at peak times.’Pakistan should have been the first game, but the game against New Zealand should have been the final contest. It should have been India against New Zealand for a place in the semi-final at the end.”
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However, Team India has failed to qualify for the semi-final. And, the captain Virat Kohli had also opened up on the week-long break in between the clash between Pakistan and New Zealand team. Meanwhile, Team India beat Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia convincingly after losing the first two.
India cricketer Dinesh Karthik has also felt that India would have wished for an inverted schedule. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Karthik said:
“Everyone expected the contest against Pakistan a walk in the park considering the talent we have. It’s a learning curve as well. Can give many reasons, but at the end of the day, India knows they did not play their best cricket.’They would have hoped had the final three games been the ones they began with, they could have taken the confidence for the tough games. But, that is the beauty of a tournament like a World Cup, can’t pick and choose here.”