Cricket Rotation Policy – A Fans Fury

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The cricket rotation policy has become a hot topic and is being criticized by some cricket experts and cricket fans alike.

Many boards have tried different ways to manage their teams’ and players’ workload to stay fit for the game in the long run. To fulfil such conditions, there are different methods the board and team management have opted for in order to manage player fitness.

This policy has been implemented by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). ECB has tried this new policy for the first time in the series against West Indies cricket team after the coronavirus pandemic.

There are different opinions related to this policy and many cricketing experts as well as players have spoken about it in recent times.

England’s fast bowler and one of the heroes in the World Cup-winning team in 2019, Jofra Archer has supported this policy and stood by the side of the ECB by saying that it is important for players to stay fit and be stress-free in the new normal conditions after a pandemic.

ECB has rested some key players like Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran under this new policy. Also, in the current series against India, ECB has tried this policy by swapping players like Stuart Broad and James Anderson by allowing them to play only one game on the trot.

On the other hand, few former players of the team and experts criticized this policy.

David Gower has criticized this policy by saying that in a few upcoming series England will be going to take unnecessary risks

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A former player like David Gower has criticized this policy by saying that in a few upcoming series England will be going to take risks by trying different players and by not giving players to settle down in the team for a longer period irrespective of their forms which will surely affect the team’s results.

Many fans of the England cricket team have criticized this decision of the board after England’s defeat against India in the second Test of the series by a massive margin of 317 runs.

James Anderson was a key player in the first Test match against India. He helped the team to dismantle India’s middle-order in the second inning.

It’s difficult for the fans to look at the bigger picture.

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However, he was rested for the second Test match that England lost by a huge margin. Similarly, Dom Bess who had taken 4 wickets in the first inning of the first Test against India, was also rested by the board for the second Test – albeit his inconsistency was also the reason for his removal from playing eleven.

However, when such changes lead to a massive loss in the very next match, it is difficult for the fans to look at the bigger picture and naturally many of them are irked.

After a huge defeat against India, this rotating policy has reached the next level of criticism. But, at the same time, England’s captain Joe Root backed this decision of the board even after a defeat against India.

He also supported his players and stood on the side of the management by saying that, it’s necessary to take few tough calls related to the team while considering players’ mental strength and safety also in this new normal.

Currently, England’s team is playing the series against India, but they have a packed schedule in front of them after this series including series against New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka which will be crucial for the board while continuing this rotation policy.

Also, if this continues, it will be tough to manage the team by rotating players continuously before the T20 World Cup which will be played in October.

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In short, the players who have suffered in the bio bubble condition in this pandemic have supported this rotating policy of the ECB and on the other side, few experts and many cricket fans have criticized it by saying that it has cost them a defeat against India and also the chance to reach the World Test Championship final to be played at Lords’ in June 2021.

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