Namibia vs Sri Lanka: In the first match of T20 World Cup 2022, there was a big upset. In this match, Namibia defeated Sri Lanka by 55 runs. For an associate country like Namibia, defeating the champions of Asia Cup 2022 is definitely a big achievement. Former cricketers and fans from all over the world have praised the Namibian team for this victory. Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra has also described this big victory as important for a team like Namibia. Although he also says that nothing is going to change more than this victory.
Aakash Chopra wrote on Twitter after Namibia’s historic victory that Namibia’s victory is being appreciated by all, but the thing to keep in mind is that the biggest problem of these Associate Countries is low exposure and this problem will continue as long as He will not play much matches with big teams. Aakash Chopra writes that Namibia does not have the development of their cricket in their hands. His real growth is possible only when he regularly plays matches with big teams.
They’ll get to play against major Test teams if only the BIG teams become inclusive. It’s alright fans etc. celebrating their victories (upsets have their own sense of romanticism) but the onus of their growth isn’t in their own hands. Namibia impressed in the last T20 WC too 2/n
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 16, 2022
Chopra gave the example of Afghanistan here. He wrote, ‘Afghanistan has also done this many times. But do you know how many matches Afghanistan has played against big teams since the last T20 World Cup? Associate countries are far away. Test teams like Bangladesh and Afghanistan have not played T20 International in Australia till date.
Aakash Chopra writes in the last, ‘Give these teams a chance to play more matches. Include them in the tri-series. If you really want the progress of cricket, then you have to always keep in mind that these teams exist apart from the World Cup.