The below-par track record of cricket’s founders in limited-overs matches is baffling
By Ghalib Bajwa
After winning the Ashes series comfortably last month, England drew the T20 rubber 1-1, but lost the rain-hit ODI series 2-1 against the arch-rivals. Before the Ashes, England were the runners-up in the last edition of Champions Trophy at home, where India lifted the title.
Finishing runners-up in an One-day International (ODI) event is not a new thing for England. It’s an old habit of the founders of cricket. England have hosted the cricket World Cup on four occasions: 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999. They reached the final three times — 1979, 1987 and 1992 — but could not cross the final hurdle. England also remained runners-up in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004.