R Ashwin urges ICC to hold ODI World Cup ‘without fog’ | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: With India hosting the event ODI . World Cup the end of the year, the top off-spinner R Ashwin urged ICC to take remedial steps for a ‘fog-free’ tournament. The biennial event is scheduled for October to November this year in India, at a time when dew becomes a major factor in the evening, mostly in favor of the batting side.
India will be hosting the entire tournament in different venues for the first time, and Ashwin feels that the current Indian team has the quality to adapt to home conditions and will be a tough team to beat.
“There’s no point in going in one direction and going against the conditions, because the conditions cannot be challenged. You need to learn the conditions and adapt. Team India has enough arsenal to be able to do that. do it,” Ashwin said on his YouTube TV channel.
“However, on a given day if the fog conditions, the boundary size, everything goes out of control, and that’s the only thing I believe India needs to be wary of when it comes to attending. This World Cup… For India, in this regard there will be little change in the short term due to the number of venues we play these games.
“If they have the right conditions of baseball Competed with skill after skill, this is a team that will be hard to beat. I certainly believe that the ICC should think about hosting a fog-free 2023 ODI World Cup,” Ashwin said, reiterating his call for an early start at 11:30am.
Last week, Ashwin debated the idea of ​​an early start, pushing the game forward two hours to neutralize the dew factor.
He cited the example of the first ODI against Sri Lanka, where India struggled in a death match while defending a massive 374.
Sri Lanka has fully used the conditions to help India make money despite placing 206th to 8th and continuing to rank 306th to 8th.
Giving his logic, Ashwin said the boundaries have become about 10-12 meters shorter to accommodate the LED billboards that have now replaced vinyl panels.
He said: “Hyderabad may be a big site but it’s not because of the funded LED panels. It cuts across all other locations in India, especially the older ones that weren’t built to the standards. T20 era”.
“So the 70 meter boundary in Hyderabad drops to 58m depending on the whim and fantasy of that particular day.
Ashwin said: “The innate strength of India is their quality gyros. The quality of the gyros may not necessarily be poor. But the innate strength can sometimes be lost in the way you play. spin and how the conditions determine how the gyro is bowling”.
“I definitely believe the game has come a long way since 2011 when Dhoni lifted the World Cup in India. All foreign cricketers have been exposed to more, maybe are British, Australian, South African and New Zealanders. People have come and have played IPL and lots of bilateral series. Their understanding of Indian conditions has certainly increased by leaps and bounds. .”
However, he said that he has no doubt that India will start as the favorites in the World Cup.
“Yes, I certainly believe that India’s chances of defending the 2011 World Cup at home are very high,” he said, giving statistics that they have won 14 of their 18 matches in the Premier League. this format since the 2019 World Cup.
“India’s home ODI record since the end of the 2019 World Cup is extremely impressive. India has won against every team that has come to India in this space, that is West Indies, Australia, England. , South Africa, Sri Lanka,” said Ashwin.
“That’s a record 78 to 80 percent won in India. All these 18 ODIs happened in different locations each time (14 locations). If you have to compare the same match with Australia or England, those locations are pretty standard.They play all their Tests at 4-5 locations, ODIs are played at 2-3 locations and so they know where their location is. in handle.”
(With input from PTI)


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