HAVE YOUR SAY

Take sides on the hot topics of the day

Yes Goading a player or clapping provocatively in his face after almost every delivery is not acceptable

No This was one of the most memorable passages of the World Cup. As Wahab said, "it was just a part of the game and when the game is finished you are friends outside."

Yes There has been a good mix of upsets, wow moments, individual brilliance and emotion

No The number of one-sided games was too high

Yes On-field spats are becoming too common, and player behaviour needs to be reined in. Kids shouldn't be led into thinking ugly incidents are normal

No The umpires in the middle are there to control the situation. Also, some aggression between the two teams adds to the drama

Yes He is vastly experienced and has delivered consistently in the past

No Fitness comes first, and Pakistan have in-form substitutes

Yes Just because the Australians tend to play the game this way, it doesn't mean everyone has to accept it.

No He sounds immature as several times he has also indulged in verbals on the field.

Yes

He has been out of form for too long, and was keeping out a better ODI batsman

No

The World Cup is only eight weeks away. Too close to make such a major change.

Yes

It brings out the intensity of the game. Sport without the emotion is robotic and will detract from its value, and also offer a poorer viewing experience.

No

These players are supposed to be role models, and this is supposed to be the gentleman's game.

Yes

At the World Cup, experience counts for a lot. These guys have delivered when it matters

No

Even in their absence, India has been doing well in ODIs in recent years

Yes

It is fairer than the lottery of a Super Over, and more satisfactory than falling back on net run-rates .

No

It will be anti-climactic to have two world champions for four years, at the end of a tournament which is held to identify a world champion.

Yes

His calming influence at the top is crucial to Pakistan's cause. He's capable of turning around his form in time for the tournament. Besides, there are no viable replacements.

No

His batting approach is unsuited to the requirements of the modern game, and he's an even bigger liability when he is out of form. Now is the time to groom a new leader.

Yes

He was treated shabbily, and deserved the chance to narrate his side of the story.

No

He is perhaps as guilty as his perceived adversaries. This public mud-slinging was uncalled for.

Yes

It's T20 cricket, and features the best T20 clubs around the world. What's not to like?

No

It is virtually an extended IPL, with an uneven playing field designed to favour the Indian sides.

Yes

He had the experience of finishing off similar chases in the past. It would have been unfair to expect a scratchy Ambati Rayudu to do the big-hitting, in what was his T20I debut.

No

Declining three singles in seven balls when you have a specialist batsman at the other end was definitely not the right approach. It undermined Rayudu's credentials and cost India the game.

Good

After four winless away Test tours, they managed to win a Test at Lord's. And after failing to win a single ODI outside the subcontinent in a year, they took the ODI series convincingly.

Bad

Regardless of the Lord's Test and the ODI performance, their showing in the last three Tests was miserable. It was, arguably, a step back after the promise shown in South Africa and New Zealand.

Yes

No captain should stay in charge after enduring as many away defeats as he has in the last few years.

No

He is the only viable captaincy option for India at the moment. A captain is only as good as his team, so it's unfair to judge him by the results.

Yes

It is a prestigious event, and could provide valuable exposure to the second rung of players in the country even if the biggest stars are busy at the Champions League. In fact, why not reschedule the CLT20 so that it doesn't clash with the Games?

No

It's not worth India's while to send their players to a play matches that aren't recognised by the ICC, when they can instead get a valuable rest ahead of the gruelling 2014-15 season that includes a full tour of Australia, followed by the World Cup.

Yes

He's been in disastrous form with the bat. If you don't drop a batsman after he's scored three successive ducks, you are never going to drop him.

No

It can only do Stokes good that the selectors are backing him through the toughest of times. He's sure to bounce back eventually. Beside his bowling form has been quite good.

Yes

He showed he can bat under pressure, and his bowling will get more incisive in bowler-friendly conditions.

No

His selection affects the team balance. Rohit Sharma or R Ashwin would be better choices.

Yes

Despite recent reversals, he remains England's best leadership option in these difficult times.

No

His leadership is tired and unimaginative, and is taking a huge toll on his batting.

Yes

It's the only way to take the sport to a global audience.

No

It will only add more clutter to an already packed cricket calendar.

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