He has been out of form for too long, and was keeping out a better ODI batsman
The World Cup is only eight weeks away. Too close to make such a major change.
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.
These players are supposed to be role models, and this is supposed to be the gentleman's game.
At the World Cup, experience counts for a lot. These guys have delivered when it matters
Even in their absence, India has been doing well in ODIs in recent years
It is fairer than the lottery of a Super Over, and more satisfactory than falling back on net run-rates .
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.
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.
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.
He was treated shabbily, and deserved the chance to narrate his side of the story.
He is perhaps as guilty as his perceived adversaries. This public mud-slinging was uncalled for.
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