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Sachin Tendulkar Wants Associate Teams Like Scotland to Get More Opportunities

Cricketnext Staff |June 12, 2018, 11:21 AM IST
Sachin Tendulkar Wants Associate Teams Like Scotland to Get More Opportunities

Scotland beat top-ranked England in a one-off ODI by 6 runs at Edinburgh on Sunday. After scoring a massive 371, England got bundled out for 365. The shock win saw the Scottish team receive praise from all over as even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar took note of their sterling show. The Master Blaster is of the opinion that countries like Scotland deserve to play against the best sides in the world to get maximum exposure.

His statement is a solid counterpunch to ICC’s stance on restricting the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup to 10. Recently, Scotland had missed out on a ticket to the showpiece event, after losing in the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

In his Twitter post, Tendulkar mentioned that it was not a flash in the pan victory for the Associate Nation and have the ability to do well against the top teams in the world.

“Cricket has all the ingredients to become a global game,” said Tendulkar. “Teams with massive potential like Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland along with many others have to be given more opportunities to play against the more experienced teams. Best way to provide great exposure,” he went on to add in the tweet.

In recent times, Afghanistan and Ireland have also done well in international cricket. Both teams have churned out performances that led the ICC to grant them Test status.

In their debut Test, Ireland gave a tough fight to Pakistan and almost pulled off a miraculous win. As far as limited-overs cricket is concerned, Afghanistan has time-and-again defeated top sides in ODIs and T20Is. Recently, they beat Bangladesh 3-0 in a T20I series in Dehradun.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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