World Cup 2019 has been a mixed bag. It has seen a few thrillers, few one-sided affairs & rain abandoning a few matches. Nevertheless, the World Cup continues to be the star attraction for cricket fans across the globe. There have also been a few controversies surrounding the World Cup that has left few players, teams, and fans bitter.
Cricwizz takes a look at top five controversies in World Cup 2019 so far.
Mohammad Shahzad out of the tournament
Afghanistan opener-cum-keeper Mohammad Shahzad was sent back home due to an injury. The Afghanistan Cricket Board even named a replacement for him. But once back home, Shahzad complained that the board has deliberately replaced him even though he was fit. He said he’s planning to quit cricket if the board does not want him to play. On their part, the board said they have a medical report on Shahzad’s fitness which justifies his exclusion. The board challenges Shahzad to appear in a fitness test to prove his claims.
Sri Lanka cry foul over pitch, training facilities
Sri Lanka have lodged a complaint stating that other teams have been given preferential treatment over their side. They say they have been given poor training facilities & greener pitches to play on compared to other teams. They have even complained that the bus and hotel facilities are below par compared to other teams. However, ICC has refuted the claims, stating all teams have been treated equally during the tournament.
There have been numerous instances in this World Cup when the zing bails have been so stubborn that it has failed to come off. The most glaring example was when the zing bails failed to dislodge after pacer Jasprit Bumrah of India had disturbed Australian David Warner’s stumps. Both the captains were vocal about zing bails and requested for its replacement. But the ICC denied the request and said the bails are same for all teams and they will have to play with it throughout the tournament.
Dhoni’s dagger emblem on gloves
ICC took offence of the dagger emblem on Dhoni’s gloves during India’s World Cup match against South Africa. They told BCCI that Dhoni cannot wear such an emblem on his gloves as it’s contrary to the rules. Dhoni subsequently wore different gloves without the emblem for the match against Australia. Even Chris Gayle was asked to remove the tag ‘Universe Boss’ from his bat.
No reserve day
ICC has been criticised for not setting up a reserve day during the group stages, considering the fickle English weather in June. Four matches have produced no results or have been abandoned thanks to the rain. All the World Cups combined before this edition has not produced so many no-results or abandoned games. ICC has been accused of giving preferential treatment to Ashes which follows just after the World Cup.