There are many controversies in cricket but here we are talking about T20 World cup controversies.
T20 world cups are ICC organised World cups Which held at every two years. These world cups are full of entertainment, joy and cricket but behind this there are many controversies related to it.
Top 10 T20 World Cup controversies
1. Non-Participation of Indian Legends in inaugural world T20
In 2007 first ICC men’s T20 world cup was played in which many great Indian players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly did not participate. It was really strange that these important players who were at their prime in 2007 was not the part of Indian squad.
2. Andrew Symonds indiscipline
During 2009 world cup Andrew Symonds was sent home for breaking rules and he was also involved in issues like alcohol consumption. Symonds was one of the greatest batsmen of Australia but his career became short due to these types of controversies. After 2009 his contract was also terminated.
Also Read: History of ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup
3. Shortest Champions ever
In 2010 there was a year correction as the ICC didn’t want both the ODI and T20 World Cups to be played in the same year. That meant that 2009 winners Pakistan were World Champions for 10 odd months. But there wasn’t much they could do about it.
4. Pietersen got dumped
England were the champions of 2010 world cup and Pietersen played a key role in England’s victory and he was expected in 2012 to be in England’s squad but England doesn’t know how to reward their players and Pietersen was not the part of England’s squad in 2012 world cup which became a major controversy.
5. Words shared Between Yuvraj Singh and Andrew Flintoff
During India and England match in 2007 world cup Yuvi and Flintoff shared some words which cause England a 36 runs over of Stuart Board where Yuvraj Singh smashed 6 sixes in an over to Stuart Board and gave best possible reply to Flintoff in a cricketing style which was enjoyed by every cricket fan.
6. Zimbabwe Pulls out
Zimbabwe’s tour of England in 2009 was cancelled due to political reasons and there was talk of banning the African nation from taking part in the 2009 edition. This led to people calling for the tournament to be shifted out of England itself. But Zimbabwe pulled out and the tournament went ahead in England.
7. National Anthems controversy
During India Vs Pakistan match in 2016 world cup Amitabh Bachchan for India and Shafqat Amanat Ali for Pakistan were asked to sang national anthem of their respected country but they both get trolled as Amitabh Bachchan took more time than the 52 seconds in which Indian National anthem should complete and Amanat got trolled because fans were disappointed from his performance.
8. Shahid Afridi’s love for India
After landing in India, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi praised Indian hospitality and said that Pakistani cricketers were more loved here. All hell broke loose and even complaints were filed against Afridi back home. The day Pakistan made an exit from the WC, Afridi had the last laugh and sarcastically remarked that his comment was for educated people.
9. Michael Holding on T20 format
West Indies star Michael Holding was not happy with the growth of T20 cricket and with the popularity of T20 world cups. During third edition of T20 world cup in 2010 Michael expressed his feelings towards the T20 format and questioned the existence of longer formats and thanked to T20 for their decreasing popularity.
10. West Indies pay dispute
The West Indies 2016 edition squad is upset with the board over lesser remuneration and captain Darren Sammy has written a threatening letter which just stops short of a boycott. It remains to be seen how this plays out as the tournament begins.