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General News 2024

Michael Vaughan expresses dissatisfaction over tough schedule for Afghanistan and accuses ICC of favoring India

Afghanistan’s dream in the ongoing T20 World Cup finally came to an end as they were knocked out by South Africa in the first semi-final of the showpiece. The Proteas bundled out the Afghans for a paltry 56 – the lowest ever total for a team in a knockout match in the T20 World Cups. South Africa chased down the total quite comfortably, scoring 60 for the loss of just one wicket in just 8.5 overs.

Despite not being able to complete their Cinderella story, Afghanistan can take pride in their impressive performance in this edition of the T20 World Cup.

However, Afghanistan’s dismal performance in the semi-finals could be more than just a bad day at the office, at least according to former England captain Michael Vaughan.

In a post on social media platform ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Vaughan expressed his dismay at the incredibly tight and hectic schedule the Afghans faced during the tournament.

“So Afghanistan qualifies for the World Cup half win in St. Vincent on Monday night.. 4 hour flight delay on Tuesday to Trinidad so no time to practice or get used to a new venue.. Complete disrespect to players am I’m afraid.. #T20WorldCup2024,” he tweeted.

After Afghanistan’s victory over Bangladesh in their Super 8 match in St. Vincent on June 25 (IST), they traveled to Tarouba to play South Africa in the semi-finals on June 27 (IST).

Not only this, Vaughan also pointed fingers at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for allegedly showing a bias towards the Indian team, making things ‘unfair’ for the other teams participating in the tournament.

“This semi-final should definitely have been Guyana’s. But because the entire event is India-centric it is so unfair to others. #T20IWorldCup,” he wrote on ‘X’.

Published June 27, 2024, 11:02 am IST