Kamran Akmal says New Zealand and South Africa should be banned

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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper batter, Kamran Akmal has taken his stance on ICC events.

Participating in a discussion, Akmal has stated that if only winning an ICC trophy is the main aim, then teams like New Zealand and South Africa should be banned.

While both of these teams have gone through the knockout stages of the tournaments, they haven’t been able to win any trophies for decades.

The discussion was about India’s inability to win any major ICC trophies since 2013.

India’s last ICC win was in the Champions Trophy which they won in 2013 under the able leadership of MS Dhoni.

More recently, India made it to the semifinals of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia but then faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of eventual champions England.

Akmal feels that every team cannot win every ICC tournament

The former Pakistani keeper-batter has also said that not every team can win all the ICC tournaments.

People talk about India having not won and ICC event for 10 years. You can’t win every ICC event. And if winning an ICC trophy is the only criterion then teams like New Zealand and South Africa should be banned since they haven’t won any. So this is just a pick. India is a great team and is playing at a different level.

Talking about New Zealand, so far they have won only two ICC titles. These are the ICC Knockout Trophy in 2000 under Stephen Fleming and then the inaugural WTC in final in June 2021 against India and under skipper Kane Williamson.

On the other hand, South Africa has also won only one ICC title. They were the winners of the ICC Knockout Trophy in 1998.

India on the other hand, has been pretty successful in reaching the semifinals of most of the ICC tournaments since their win in 2013.

But, when it comes to crunch matches, India loses motivation and steam quite quickly.

India ended as the finalist in the 2014 T20 World Cup, the 2017 Champions Trophy, and the inaugural WTC summit clash in 2021.

Apart from this, they have been the losing semifinalists of the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups.

Also, they lost out as semifinalists during the 2016 and 2022 T20 World Cups.

Now, with the 50-over coming in a span of just a few months, India has a great chance of rewriting history at home.

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