Melbourne. In what comes as a major surprise, the World Cup 2015 group match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan has been called off by the International Cricket Council based on VHP’s complaint that there was no need of a competition between sides which were inherently part of an undivided rule. This is the first time ever that a cricket body has supported an irredentist cause. Consequently, points have been shared equally between the teams.
Speaking to one of our reporters, the official spokesperson of ICC Colin Gibson said, “It is high time we reduce the complexity involved in managing increased number of teams across the world. Combining the teams looking for restoration of glory and making them play as part of one team will simplify the world cup equations. There are strong teams and there are minnows. If they combine for irredentist reasons, the weaker ones can easily be part of victories while the mighty can carry them along. I would like to sincerely thank and appreciate VHP’s idea to simplify world cricket in a period where organization is getting complex with increased number of teams.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Afghan teams are happy about this development and are having reveries of rosy world ahead of them while India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka seem to be in a dilemma when it comes to selection of the team.
The South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) has called for a special standing committee that will replace the current individual selectors of these teams in order to make the selections unbiased and satisfy people of all regions. While this seems to be a positive aspect of the whole idea, cricket pessimists across the world have warned ICC of dire consequences that will lead to losses.
As per their theory, if all teams across the world think in a similar manner there is a danger of them combining to eventually become one, leaving a void in opposition’s place and thereby, breaking the primary rule of having a second team in a match.
Time will tell if the idea will bring in profits to the ICC or run them into losses.