“He asked the ICC directly…” Former Pakistani Cricketer Criticized Rohit’s Opinion Against WTC ICC Rules

Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s comments during the post-match press conference following India’s defeat to Australia in the World Test Championship final have sparked debates on social media.

Rohit expressed his disappointment about the loss but also raised questions regarding the scheduling of the final and the limited use of technology for umpiring decisions, particularly about Shubman Gill’s controversial dismissal on Day 4.

Rohit voiced his preference for a best-of-three final for the World Test Championship, highlighting that it would be ideal for competing over three Tests after the hard work put in over two years to reach the final. However, he also acknowledged the need to find a suitable series window. He further emphasized that June is not the only month to hold the WTC final and suggested that it could be played anywhere in the world, not just in England.

Regarding Gill’s dismissal, Rohit believed that more camera angles should have been used to provide a clearer view of the incident. He compared the limited camera angles in the World Test Championship final to the multiple angles available in the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. Rohit questioned why a world event like the WTC final did not utilize ultra-motion or zoomed images for crucial decisions.

Rohit’s comments have triggered discussions on social media, and former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Rashid Latif has offered his perspective on the matter. Latif believes that Rohit’s remarks were a way of taking a dig at the International Cricket Council (ICC). He interprets Rohit’s statements as direct hits at the ICC, suggesting a behind-the-scenes conflict between the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Latif mentioned the reported 38.5 percent increase in the BCCI’s share of ICC earnings and the lack of an official ICC release, highlighting a potential conflict of interest.

“He asked the ICC directly. ‘Why in June?’ I had said the same thing earlier. And why only in England? Who was he telling all this to? ICC, of course,” Latif said on his official YouTube channel.

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“On Shubman Gill’s catch, he talked about the lack of camera angles. He hit the ICC directly. Behind the scenes, it’s ICC vs BCCI. The 38.5 percent increase that you read about (the report that BCCI will receive 38.5 percent of ICC’s earnings)… there’s no ICC release on that. It was a report on a website. Who wrote that? There is the conflict of interest,” he further said.

The debates surrounding Rohit’s comments reflect the wider discussions on the World Test Championship and its format and the use of technology in umpiring decisions. These discussions highlight the passion and engagement of cricket fans and experts, providing valuable insights into the various perspectives on the game’s administration and execution at the highest level.

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