Mitchell Starc Criticizes Pre-Seeded Structure at T20 World Cup
By CricShots - Jun 19, 2024 12:58 pm
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The Super Eight lineup is nearly finalized at the T20 World Cup as teams gear up for the second round. Australia has dominated Group B, remaining undefeated with four wins out of four. Despite their top performance, Australia has been pre-seeded as ‘B2,’ which has not sat well with their star pacer, Mitchell Starc.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc

This situation highlights a flaw in the tournament’s structure, where Super Eight opponents are determined by pre-seedings rather than the teams’ finishing positions in the first round. Consequently, despite their perfect record, Australia will proceed as ‘B2.’

This predetermined seeding system means that, depending on the result of Afghanistan’s match against the West Indies, three group winners could end up in the same Super Eight pool, alongside India. This raises concerns about fairness and balance in the later stages of the competition, as clustering strong teams together could make the path to the finals uneven.

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“I think there’s a question to be asked about pre-seeding. I’m not sure I’m a fan of that,” Mitchell Starc remarked during a press conference after Australia’s win against Scotland in their final group match.

Team India topped Group A and, without pre-seeding, would have faced England, who finished second in Group B, in the Super Eight stage. However, with Australia designated as ‘B2,’ India will now face Mitchell Marsh’s team in what promises to be a blockbuster Super Eight clash.

In the tournament so far, the men in blue have made a decent start and they can be the first team to hold all major ICC titles simultaneously. They defeated Oman by 39 runs and followed up with a 36-run victory over arch-rivals England. They then steamrolled Namibia, chasing a 73-run target in just 5.4 overs to secure a Super Eight berth.

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In their final match, Australia overcame a poor fielding performance, conceding 180/5 in 20 overs, but successfully chased the target with two balls to spare. This structure and the resultant matchups have sparked discussions on the fairness and competitive balance of the tournament, with players and fans alike eager to see how the Super Eight stage unfolds.