Sachin Tendulkar feels that the England-New Zealand series could’ve been held after the WTC final

The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is looking forward to the World Test Championship (WTC) final, but is not happy with the hype and build-up for the tournament, which he feels like “kind of missing”. Indian batting legend reported TOI in a chat on Monday, “There were so many breaks due to the pandemic and the other challenges in the wake of it, because of which the hype and excitement of a final are missing. When a tournament goes on without a break – like a 50-over WC or a T20 WC – there’s a sense of continuity to it.”

He added, “There’s a build-up to these tournaments which is missing in this case.” He further said, “I don’t know when New Zealand vs England series was decided. I’d like to believe that it was decided way in advance, way before New Zealand booked their spot in the Final. Maybe it’s a coincidence. This England vs New Zealand was not going to contribute to the WTC final…. so maybe the WTC final first and then this series could have staged.”

Tendulkar also said, ” Maybe due to time constraints, this wasn’t possible. In that case, what the ICC can do is pick one particular match in a series – first or second or third or fourth, whichever – and the result of that one game should be allocated to the WTC points tally and the remaining matches can be purely bilateral.” Lastly, the master blaster said that both the Test team and India ‘A’ team is familiar with the conditions of England.

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