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ICC World Cup rule: ex-pacer Steve Harmison wants this rule to change

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England’s ex-pacer Steve Harmison wants ICC to change this particular rule for the World Cup. According to the former cricketer, the rule of only a 15-member team permitted for the World Cup should be changed. In addition, Steve suggested ICC to allow more players in the squad.

STEVE HARMISON SUGGESTS ICC TO CHANGE A RULE FOR THE WORLD CUP

Steve Harmison told exclusively to Mirror.co.uk that

“You can only get 15 men in a squad and that, for me, I can’t understand. England have got nine games in eight different venues with internal flights, hotels and everything that goes with it. England are going to need more than 15”

You look at England’s fast bowlers and two that spring out when you see the 15 names are Mark Wood and Reece Topley, two bowlers who have struggled from an injury point of view in the past. Eight different venues before the knockout stages, that’s eight different plane journeys and the internal flights are not exactly business classes in India!”

It is gruelling from a fast bowler’s point of view and that’s why I don’t think a 15-man squad is enough. I think it should have been 18, possibly 20. I know that plays into the hands of the big boys, but from a fast bowler’s point of view I think England are going to use more”

England play New Zealand in Ahmedabad in the first game where it’ll be red-hot, mid to late 30s and then they go to Dharamsala which is going to be 20 degrees cooler in the mountains five days later. It’s a tough start for England from a venue point of view, but from an opposition point of view once you get the first game (against New Zealand) out of the way, I think Bangladesh and Afghanistan are two nice games for England”

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