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BCCI To Get Rs 500 Cr From Touring Kiwis But Kohli & Co’s T20 World Cup Surrender Still Hurts

All hopes of India featuring in the business end of the ICC Men’s World Twenty20 here in the UAE went kaput after the first champion of the tournament in 2007, played poor cricket and was shown its place by Pakistan on October 24 and by New Zealand on October 31. On November 8, India completed the formality of finishing its Super 12 game against Namibia and prepared for its departure for home from Dubai. It would have been wishful thinking to have expected Afghanistan to outwit New Zealand and thereby for India to improve its standing in the point table. India, which surprised the cricket world by winning the first World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007 and then lost in the final of the 2014 competition, were not up to the mark in the UAE. Loss of the toss, dew fall in the second session and absence of a long gap between the IPL and the World Twenty20 have been trotted out as the reasons for India’s average performance, but the fact is that India was thoroughly outwitted by Pakistan and New Zealand on the cricketing count. Virat Kohli’s team may not have won the Trophy in the Arabian Gulf, but the BCCI will rake in a sum of near about Rs 500 crore from the three white ball and two Test series against New Zealand