Sulking in yet another world cup disappointment for the English cricket team, former England batsman Mike Atherton expressed the necessity of a world class T20 tournament in the country for any upliftment expected in performance in the shorter formats of the game.
England, who slumped to another shocking world cup exit after being humiliated by Bangladesh in their last world cup fixture, also endured ignominious defeats against the likes of Australia, New zealand and Sri Lanka respectively.
He also underlined the importance of honing and promoting younger players`as an important stride to be taken for the development of cricket in England.England have been reluctant in doing so in the past
He also highlighted how the modern game had changed with most of the nations adapting themselves to the T20 style of playing and keeping up the same tempo in the 50 over format, over elongated periods.He also mentioned the likes of Moeen Ali,Alex Hales,Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan, among other forming the core nucleus of the ODI team.
Atherton also criticised the archaic English cricket mindset that has not grown organically and has thus, had an impact on the team’s lacklustre performance.He also expressed disappointment over Jonathan Trott missing the world cup, highlighting the worth and ingenuity he adds to the England batting and fielding and also exalted him as an archetypal ODI batsman.
While several other pundits have like Geoffery Boycott have beckoned the pundits to roll, Atherton has cited the England and Wales Cricket Board to be more selective.