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“There’s a danger playing T20 World Cups every 2 years,” says RCB coach Andy Flower
By SMCS - Jul 8, 2024 8:45 am
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RCB coach Andy Flower has said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is treading with “danger” by hosting the T20 World Cup every two years. He also stated that this can make it feel “commonplace” and the respect can be decreased the way the quadrennial ODI World Cup gets.

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According to a survey conducted by the World Cricketers Association (WCA), cricketers who consider the T20 World Cup the “most important” ICC event have increased from 15 percent in 2019 to 35 percent in 2024 as well. In the survey, 30 percent of cricketers, who belonged to Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Bangladesh, and the West Indies, also named T20 as the most important format.

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“I’m surprised,” he told the Times of India. “I think the 50-over World Cup, because it’s played every four years, holds more importance. I think there’s a danger in playing a T20 World Cup every two years… it becomes commonplace. I wouldn’t like anything called the ‘World Cup’ to be a commonplace. I like the rarity of a World Cup.”

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Meanwhile, the RCB coach has also revealed that he wasn’t too fond of the Impact Player rule in IPL 2024 while adding that there’s a need to find a healthy balance between bat and ball in the tournament as well.

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“The next IPL may see big scores again. I’m not sure what’ll be done about the ‘Impact Player’ rule. It wasn’t a favorite in the dressing room. The tempo and the power game is going to continue in the IPL. In the World Cup, some of the small scores were mainly due to the pitches on offer. The ICC will need to be careful about the surfaces that are being provided for marquee tournaments like the World Cup. In cricket, there should always be a healthy balance between the bat and ball,” Andy Flower concluded.