So only India, Australia and England are playing: ICC World Cup 2023 trailer gets lambasted

Looks like ICC is on a sticky wicket

Entertainment Desk July 21, 2023

The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the cricketing world, bringing together nations from across the globe to compete for glory. However, the recently released trailer for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 has sparked controversy and disappointment among cricket fans, particularly those from Pakistan.

The lack of representation for teams other than India, Australia, and England in the trailer has raised questions about inclusivity and fairness. Despite being ranked second in the ICC's ODI ranking, Pakistan was barely featured in the promotional video. Even when glimpses of the team were shown, they were often depicted in losing situations, further fueling frustration among Pakistani fans.

Actor Arsalan Naseer expressed his dissatisfaction on Twitter, questioning why Pakistanis were portrayed in such a despondent manner. Director Nabeel Qureshi echoed similar sentiments, expressing disappointment over the scarce representation of Pakistan's cricket team and fans. He also raised concerns about the trailer giving the impression that India had already won the World Cup.

One of the most noticeable omissions from the trailer was the absence of Pakistan's cricketing sensation, Babar Azam. As the captain of the team and one of the world's finest batsmen, his exclusion from the promo was perplexing.

In this regard, actor Mawra Hocane tweeted, "That won't hold us down. "No matter how many times we are treated like we don’t exist.. we always rise.. (to the top).. against all odds." 

Rapper and comedian Ali Gul Pir highlighted the lack of diversity in the trailer's comment section on ICC's tweet unveiling the video. He sarcastically remarked that it seemed only Australia, England, and India were participating in the World Cup, likening the situation to a love triangle where other teams seemed to have no place.

The dominance of India in the trailer became a major point of contention among fans. With an abundance of screen time dedicated to the Indian cricket team. And the fact that the promotional video was produced by India, the host country for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, raised eyebrows. While it is common for the host nation to have a significant presence in promotional materials, the blatant underrepresentation of other teams felt like a disservice to the spirit of the tournament.

As the tournament ensues, cricket fans hope that the ICC will address these concerns and ensure that all teams receive equal recognition and respect on the global stage. Ultimately, it is the skill, passion, and sportsmanship of the players that will shine through.

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