Gautam Gambhir opines on his expectations from the 2024 T20 World Cup
By SMCS - Jan 8, 2024 7:17 am
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Former India player Gautam Gambhir recently shared his expectations as he wants non-Test-playing nations to field three players from Test-playing sides in their playing XI at the 2024 T20 World Cup as well. Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently announced the groups and fixtures of the T20 World Cup 2024. The tournament will be plyed in the West Indies and the United States from June 1 to June 29 as well.

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Gautam Gambhir

During a discussion on Star Sports, Gambhir said: “I definitely want to see a step up but I believe all minnows should be allowed to play three professionals from Test-playing nations if you genuinely want to see a good contest. Whichever players are not in your World Cup squad, if the minnows want, they should be able to take a maximum of three and a minimum of one player, whoever they need, in the playing XI.”

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However, 20 teams taking part in the group phase in the 2024 T20 World Cup. They have been divided into four groups, with the top two teams in each group taking part in the Super 8 stage. And, Gautam Gambhir gave the example of overseas players playing in franchise-based tournaments like the IPL as well. But Gautam Gambhir also acknowledged that the ICC need to frame the rules and regulations to take a call on this.

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ICC t20 World Cup 2024

“We see that in franchise cricket, like four overseas players play in the IPL. In the same way, imagine if Canada and USA can pick such players, you will see better competition, and apart from that, individuals can win this tournament. So you would never be complacent and play better cricket. However, this will be up to the ICC rules and regulations. I hope when the Netherlands or Ireland come into this competition, they come a better side because the Netherlands impressed a lot in the World Cup. Afghanistan have impressed a lot. So I would want to see such teams doing even better in T20 cricket,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.