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While it's fine to toast West Indies' success at the World T20, it will be a travesty to spark off comparisons with what was achieved three decades ago by Clive Lloyd's team because the circumstances back then were different, writes Kunal Pradhan in Pune Mirror. Words and phrases like "comeback", "1979", "Lloyd", and "World Cup" should not be used.
Why the desire to trivialise history for the sake of a newspaper headline or a band running across a television screen? What's worse is the content of the articles and TV discussions in which Sunday night's champions are being celebrated as "freewheeling" cricketers, "just like their predecessors were 33 years ago". It's a reinforcement of the racist stereotype that West Indies cricket thought it had shed long ago. Their fast bowlers were not quick because they were "naturally gifted", or because they were tall, strong and Black.
In the Guardian, Andy Wilson and Vic Marks list out the best and worst moments of the World T20.
And how to improve the tournament? - I'd go for two groups of six, with the top two from each qualifying for the semi finals. This would allow the tournament to start with a bang, as opposed to the damp squib in the current system, make every game meaningful, and give the less-fancied countries - Ireland, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - more of a crack. AW
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