Pakistan winning CT17 great for world cricket, says Bashar
Former Bangladeshi skipper Habibul Bashar thinks Pakistan winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is good for world cricket.
Bashar wrote a column for ICC’s official website about the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy,where he hailed this years tournament as the best one in it’s history.
“In so many ways, this was the best of all the Champions Trophy tournaments so far. The weather was a little inclement to start with, but as the tournament progressed, so did the rain stay away. The calculators were sent back to cold storage, and cricket matches were decided solely on the basis of the skills of the players out in the middle,” said Bashar.
Pakistan’s unlikely qualification to the Champions Trophy finals and their victory against favorites India shocked fans and experts around the world. But Bashar appreciated this unexpected result and urged the importance of such a result to keep cricket competitive and not dominated by only 2 or 3 teams.
“Pakistan’s victory in the final is great for world cricket, and I say that with no disrespect to India. Virat Kohli’s team had played brilliantly well in its march to the title round, and deserved to be installed the favourite. However, for the sake of the sport, it is important that more and more teams throw their hat into the competitive ring. There is nothing to gain from the sport being dominated by two or three teams. When there is a touch of predictability about the result, matches can get a little boring and tedious. That’s why it is essential that new winners emerge, that the gap between the team gets narrower, and we reach a stage where any of the top eight teams is capable of beating the others on a fairly consistent basis,” said the former right hand top order batter.
He also mentioned Bangladesh’s efforts of making it to the semifinals.
“Bangladesh turning the form-book upside down by making it to the semi-final, were excellent for cricket.”