Cricket World Cup final clashes with Wimbledon final: Why this defies common sense

first_img Next Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:02 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final will clash with clash dates with Wimbledon 2019 men’s singles final on July 14. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSOn July 14, the World Cup 2019 final will clash with the Wimbledon men’s singles finalThat’s not all – the British Grand Prix will also be held the same dayThe organisers of all 3 events have planned better for the sake of the fansJuly 15, 2018: FIFA World Cup final and the Wimbledon men’s singles final.July 14, 2019: Cricket World Cup final featuring England and New Zealand. Wimbledon men’s singles final AND the British Grand Prix. All in London.Take your pick.Exactly a year ago, sports fans across the world were torn between two big events. What to wath? The FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatioa or the Wimbledon men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson.In fact, Andy Murray, during a press conference on June 30, 2018 said he could not believe he had to miss the France vs Argentina match. A year later, fans had to face the same dilemma. Would you rather watch the England vs New Zealand cricket World Cup final or a potential final between Novak Djokovic and Rogerer Federer of Rafael Nadal.Moreover, the British Grand Prix would be on the same day.It defies common sense really to have the Cricket World Cup semi-final and the Wimbledon final on the same day. Thank goodness there was no World Cup on during the Federer-Nadal semi-final or the women’s singles final.But sports federations across the world need to take a call somewhere down the line. Yes all these bodies are independent of each other and Wimbledon, an annual year, has its own traditions.Of course, bilateral cricket series clash with other major tennis every year.But the FIFA World Cup and the Cricket World Cup happen once every 4 years.And it was appalling to see the kind of planning in England. Why could the ICC or Wimbledon organisers not take a call and ensure that the events did not clash?advertisementFormula One legend Lewis Hamilton, for instance, was baffled the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon clashed with the British GP.”I don’t understand why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events,” Hamilton said on Thursday at Silverstone in the pre-race press conference.”I hope in future they (don’t). This is such a special weekend it needs the focus of the whole country. People will be switching between channels on Sunday not knowing what to watch,” said Hamilton.Sunday, July 14 will be a historic day for English cricket. The team will play its first Cricket World Cup final in 27 years. New Zealand have qualified for the second successive World Cup final and the world will see a new cricket champion.But fans would be forced to change channels or watch on multiple devices as some of the most iconic moments on sports play out.The Wimbledon faithfuls will still go to watch the tennis and the Barmy Army would get behind England at Lord’s but think of sports fans across the world. Why should they have to choose?In the times to come, hopefully, the ICC, FIFA and other sports federations think before planning these events.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019 semi-finals: It is joy to play against Rafael Nadal, says Roger FedererAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan keeping feet on the ground despite England’s dominant win over AustraliaAlso ReadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow England vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup final clashes with Wimbledon final: Why this defies common senseWhile England take on New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final on July 14 at Lord’s, London will host 2 other major sporting events: the Wimbledon men’s final and the British Grand Prix.advertisementlast_img