Former India opener Aakash Chopra has criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) and different main cricketing nations for doing injustice with the Affiliate Members. Chopra opined that the worldwide apex physique solely invitations affiliate nations to the main ICC occasion, which comes yearly.
The cricketer-turned-commentator reckoned if the ICC needs to make cricket a worldwide sport, they’ll need to create constant alternatives for the Affiliate Nations to compete with full members in order that they enhance.
“There’s at all times quite a lot of clamor about together with extra groups within the World Cup and that that is the one means of constructing the game world. However I’ve a basic drawback with this… I really feel that you’re simply doing tokenism which is like giving a lollipop to a child if you take them out occasionally. If you wish to do justice with the Affiliate nations and genuinely convey them ahead, then don’t keep in mind them solely World Cup to World Cup; it’s not Diwali that’ll come yearly. You’ll have to play them persistently and assist them get higher,” stated Chopra on his YouTube channel.
Chopra cited the instance of the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021 fixture between England and Bangladesh – which was the primary assembly between the 2 groups in T20 Internationals. The Delhi-lad stated England hadn’t performed in opposition to Bangladesh earlier than Wednesday’s encounter, and that too when Bangladesh isn’t even an Affiliate Nation.
“I’ll inform you one thing. The match between England and Bangladesh yesterday was the primary T20 match between these two groups, and that’s when Bangladesh is just not even an Affiliate nation. England doesn’t need to play with Bangladesh, and you’re speaking about Namibia, Eire, Oman and Scotland,” added Chopra.
The Agra-born additional talked about Staff India and questioned how a lot has India performed in opposition to Afghanistan within the shortest format? Chopra asserted that Affiliate Members is not going to get higher except they play common cricket with prime groups.
“We Indians, what number of instances have we hosted Afghanistan aside from a Take a look at match? … So when no one performs with these groups for 4 years, and so they come and get overwhelmed badly right here, we are saying ‘It’s a very good factor they have expertise, they’ll get higher now. They’ll get higher provided that you give them one other alternative to play,” Chopra added additional.