Sir Clive Lloyd says “ICC should consider ‘A’ teams of big countries play these associate members” in T20 World Cup 2021. The competition has tossed up very few captivating challenges. Moreover, a few stunning results, and parts of captivating performances. Moreover, awed by it all, Sir Clive Lloyd opined that the gap. Between the full-member and associate countries. It should be bridged for the improvement and globalization of the sport. Among the eight teams fighting for the four remaining spots. They are three full member countries like Bangladesh, Ireland, and Sri Lanka. While giving a Lloyd urged the ICC to organize more matches. Between the minnows and ‘A’ sides of the heavyweights.
“I have become a fan of PNG for the kind of passion they have shown here. The more associate member nations are able to play the big teams like in this case, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, some of these teams will improve leaps and bounds. So the ICC should consider at least to have ‘A’ teams of the big countries play these associate member countries that much more,” Clive Lloyd said.
Sir Clive Lloyd
After being handed a 10-wicket defeat in the opening tie. Against co-hosts Oman, Assad Vala’s PNG went down fighting in a 17-run. Among the Scotsmen beat Bangladesh by 6 runs. While debutants Namibia had Sri Lanka on the mat at 26 for 3 before eventually losing by 7 wickets.
Lastly, Sir Clive Lloyd further took cognizance of the enthusiasm of the crowd. He has thronged the Al Almerat Cricket Ground in Oman. Also, hinting at the influence of bigger nations playing in countries. Which aren’t quite cricketing powerhouses.
“Maybe the ICC could have thought of adding Bangladesh and Sri Lanka directly and gotten two more associate member countries here, sort of rejigging the format a little bit. Because clearly, you are seeing, more and more associate member countries are getting exposure, the standard of cricket is high Scotland, Ireland, PNG, Oman playing extremely good cricket and that will only augur well,” Lloyd said.