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Michael Vaughan blames India’s scheduling for Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup exit vs South Africa

Michael Vaughan blames India’s scheduling for Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup exit vs South Africa

While the T20 World Cup aims to entertain a global audience, ensuring fairness and a level playing field for all participating teams remains a crucial consideration.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has sparked controversy by suggesting the T20 World Cup schedule might have disadvantaged Afghanistan in their semi-final defeat to South Africa.

Disappointing semi-final for Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s dream run in the T20 World Cup came to a crashing end as they were bundled out for a meagre 56 runs in the first semi-final against South Africa. South Africa’s bowlers capitalized on the conditions, leaving Afghanistan with no response.

Michael Vaughan highlights logistical challenges

Michael Vaughan took to social media to express his concerns about the challenges faced by Afghanistan. He pointed out a significant flight delay that impacted their travel time to Trinidad for the semi-final. This delay meant they had limited time to practice and adjust to the new venue, putting them at a disadvantage.

T20 WC scheduling imbalance

Michael Vaughan further questioned the fairness of the schedule, suggesting it might have prioritized Indian viewership timings over competitive balance. He argued that the semi-final should have been played in Guyana, which wouldn’t have affected Afghanistan’s travel and preparation time.

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India schedule under scrutiny

Michael Vaughan didn’t stop there, also criticizing the scheduling of India’s matches throughout the tournament. He pointed out that India hadn’t played a single game in the evening, potentially suggesting a bias towards maximizing viewership in India.

India vs England rematch

The focus now shifts to the second semi-final between India and England, a highly anticipated rematch of the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final where England dominated. India has since adopted a more aggressive strategy in their batting approach, setting the stage for a potentially thrilling encounter.

Michael Vaughan’s comments highlight the complexities of scheduling major sporting events. While the T20 World Cup aims to entertain a global audience, ensuring fairness and a level playing field for all participating teams remains a crucial consideration.

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