England fashion designer Reece Topley thinks cricket sponges at the T20 World Cup are “dangerous” and there “purely for the money”.
The 28-year-old was in the England squad for the T20 World Cup but was forced to withdraw after rupturing ligaments in his left ankle when he tripped over a sponge during a catch-up exercise at the Gabba.
“Is it safe? No. Why is it there? Purley for money. It’s not there to enhance the gaming experience or expand the game in any way,” he said. he declared to Daily mail.
Topley, who was replaced by Tymal Mills in the squad, has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. He suffered four back stress fractures in five years but was expected to play a big role for England at the World Cup, having won 14 wickets in 12 games this year.
“People said it was a freak accident and all I can do is highlight the advert at ankle height right next to where a player is standing throughout a match “, added Topley.
“I don’t think it’s really an abnormal incident.
“It’s happened before and it will probably happen again. People think they’re fun and engaging, but there’s something that doesn’t make it any easier. It can get in the way of you being on your mind.”
After the incident, the test captain Ben Stokes called ‘toblerones’ ‘dumb’but white ball captain Jos Buttler said it was an “accident”.
The World Cup is a ‘missed opportunity’
Topley said his cleats were stuck in the plastic sponge coating and thought he wouldn’t be playing for “at least a month”.
However, he said the injury was a “minor” setback and the ankle would not require surgery, adding that he hopes to be back to bowling “in no time” but is feeling a “huge feeling of missed opportunity” of not playing. Australia.
“I don’t think as a bowler you can have a better World Cup to play than this,” he added.
“The wickets have been quite useful and that has almost disappeared from the game.
“I was extremely disgusted. I never doubted that I could contribute to England. I always thought I deserved a place in the team, but I just had to wait for an opportunity. When that opportunity came up, I felt I grabbed it and then it happened.”
England are aiming to lift the T20 World Cup for the second time, and a win over Sri Lanka in their final group game on Saturday should be enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
Watch England’s final group match against Sri Lanka live on Sky Sports Main Event and Cricket from 8am on Saturday.