Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham has minced no words in criticizing the England cricket team for its contentious rotation policy. Calling it “absolute garbage”, Botham said that he would not have liked someone ordering him to take a rest after a couple of good Test matches during his playing days.
The 65-year-old also slammed the England team over adopting the rotation policy during the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship. As a part of the policy, England rotated several key players for the important games which led them to defeats against India and New Zealand.
Earlier this year, the Joe Root-led side lost the four-match Test series to Virat Kohli’s India and failed to qualify for the WTC final. Since then, the rotation policy has become a huge topic of debate, with many former cricketers and experts of the game lashed out at the ECB.
Sharing his views on the same, Botham said, “I am not sure we are picking the right players. Rotation, I think, is the biggest load of b******s of all time. Absolute garbage.”
“I tell you what, I would like to have seen someone say to me when I was playing “well done, but you’re having a rest next game”. No I’m not. Bowl, get fit and stay fit by bowling,” the former English player wrote in The Daily Mail.