The Indian team’s preparation for the T20 World Cup ended with a 2-1 win over South Africa. The Men in Blue dominated the first two games before getting a taste of their own medicine in the final game of the series. In preparation for the T20 World Cup, the team’s management experimented with the T20I team, especially in bowling roles. As a result of the experiments, the selectors had the opportunity to properly examine the players and then decide on the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup. Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt in his latest Youtube video defended Team India’s decision to experiment with players.
“Confusion in the selection is a good headache”: Salman Butt
With players knocking on the selector’s door with their performance, BCCI decided to play separate teams for different formats. Last year, India’s Test and ODI teams played playoffs simultaneously. While the senior team played matches in England, the white ball team faced Sri Lanka. Earlier this year, an Indian side led by Hardik Pandya faced Ireland in a two-game T20I series while the Test side, led by Rohit Sharma, prepared for the fifth Test against England at Edgbaston.
Salman Butt, while speaking on his Youtube channel, wondered if having so many players for selection creates confusion for selectors. The ex-Pakistani skipper said: “Apparently there are more upsides to it. India is one of the biggest economies, it’s one of the biggest markets. If you have more consumers, everything sells. Even flop movies in India do well because there are so many people,” he added, “In practice, that’s a plus. If you have any confusion in your selection, this is a good headache. You have 3 teams, one plays Test, other ODI/T20I, then team “A” also plays. It’s a blessing,”
The former cricketer also criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board for not doing similar things to India. He said, “Ye hamaare count me bhi ho sakta hai. By hamaare 2 saal ho gaye hain, naa hamne A ka koi tour karaaya hai naa U19 ka (It can also happen with our numbers. But it’s been 2 years, we also didn’t have an ‘A’ tour or U19 tour )”,
T20 World Cup: India vs Pakistan match tickets smashed in seconds
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), aAll tickets for the India-Pakistan World Cup clash on October 23 have been sold out. Whereas qualifying matches will begin on October 16, the Super 12 stage will start on October 22. Team India will open its campaign against Pakistan in front of a stadium that will be packed. The ICC, in its statement, revealed that additional standing room tickets were “picked up within minutes of going on sale.”