Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has been quite critical of the rain affected WTC match between India and NZ and has said that such 'one-off and incredibly important' game 'should NOT be played in the UK, due to its unpredictable weather.
It pains me to say it, but a ONE OFF & incredibly important cricket game should NOT be played in the UK.— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 21, 2021
After the first day was completely washed out, the game had resumed on Day 2 but it was affected by bad light. Day 3 was no different either. Play was not possible till Lunch on Day 4 either due to heavy rainfall.
Pietersen practically voiced all our frustrations with the rain and suggested Dubai as a suitable host for a one-off match like a WTC final.
If it was up to me, Dubai would always host a one off match like this WTC game.— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 21, 2021
Neutral venue, fabulous stadium, guaranteed weather, excellent training facilities and a travel hub!
Oh, and ICC home is next to the stadium.
Many on the social media platform have also agreed with the English legend.
Batsman ko bhi Timing nahi mili dhang ki, aur ICC ko bhi#WTCFinal— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 21, 2021
Totally agree @KP24— Bhojraj Singh (@bs_rathore11) June 22, 2021
Matches like #WTCFinal2021 should not be played at UK , due to weather issue.
Not in india or New Zealand due to home advantage
Dubai , Sharjah were likely to host this match
I don't think so this match end with result.......
Worst decision by @ICC https://t.co/vyfxEWwPa8
Yes it's unfair for India to get washout match. Since this is at international level, aren't weather conditions taken into consideration before scheduling the game? KP is right! https://t.co/dAwhID08tY— Arpitha (@Arpitha2212) June 21, 2021
Actually, I think the WTC should be a best of five spread over a year with Australia, England, South Africa, India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka, West Indies each hosting one match to test the teams under all conditions! https://t.co/rCtdbul5wL— Suchindran B.N. (@suchindranbn) June 21, 2021
Can't disagree with any of them here.