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‘Not laughing’: Starc still sore from Afghanistan cup snub

‘Not laughing’: Starc still sore from Afghanistan cup snub

Starc said he had not made up his mind about his international T20 future, given he had also been a huge impactful bowler in Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumph in the months before the cup.

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However, he was more forthcoming in his criticism of the tournament format, which followed a languid, pre-seeded group stage with a hectic super eights phase that left numerous teams struggling to keep up.

India, with a smoother draw and a consistent diet of daytime matches to suit the time zone of cricket’s biggest market, ultimately squeezed past South Africa in the final in Barbados.

“We finished ahead of England and end up where we were pre-seeded as the second side. All of a sudden, you’re in a different group,” Starc said of the pre-seeding.

“The argument was it was because it was so hard to get around the West Indies, so fans knew where your team was playing.

“So then why don’t you have the chock-a-block tournament at the front … and then spread it out at the back end? We had the two night games and the third was a day game, so it wasn’t the best preparation. We had a delayed flight out of St Vincent, it was a 90-minute drive from the airport to the hotel in St Lucia, and then we had a 10 o’clock toss.

“I think that was probably maybe a misread [by organisers], the fact that the front half of the tournament was more spread out, and then you hit the super eights and … travel around the West Indies is probably not the easiest thing to do, certainly not to travel home from.”

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