Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra and former England skipper Michael Vaughan were involved in a Twitter spat on Sunday debating the correctness of Kagiso Rabada's one-match ban issued by the ICC. Vaughan did not uphold the move while Chopra termed the Englishman's opinion as incorrect.
Michael Vaughan is an active user of Twitter and is famous for his sarcastic and witty tweets while Aakash Chopra is known for voicing his opinion on various issues on the social media platform. However, things did not end well when the two ended up confronting each other on Twitter while debating the one-match suspension handed to Kagiso Rabada by the ICC.
Kagiso Rabada was handed a one-match ban by the ICC after the 22-year old accumulated his fourth demerit point for using inappropriate language after Ben Stokes' dismissal in the first Test match of the South Africa-England series.
Michael Vaughan came out in support of
Rababa Suspended for 1 match for a couple of Words ..... Give me a break ... what about the continuous slow over rates @icc !????????— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 7, 2017
However, Chopra did not stand by Vaughan's opinion and replied to the Englishman explaining the whole scenario under which Rabada was handed the one-match ban while terming Vaughan's opinion incorrect and citing Upul Tharanga's suspension during the Champions Trophy as an example of the ICC exercising its powers with regards to the slow over rate issue effectively.
Incorrect. He accumulated four demerit points over a period of time. Same way SL captain got suspended for slow over Rate in CT. https://t.co/ErWei8D6EO— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 9, 2017
Chopra's tweet did not go down well with Vaughan who lashed out at the former Indian opener suggesting him to stop acting "smart".
Aakash.. It isn't incorrect as it's just my opinion .. so stop being a smart arse .. https://t.co/pOsgiryAB2— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2017
Meanwhile, former South African skipper Graeme Smith came out in Rabada's support terming the decision ridiculous.
"It's ridiculous. No-one wrote about it, no-one spoke about it. It was only because it was on the stump mic that it's become a thing?" Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
"It could have been handled better. I don't think it was aimed at Ben Stokes. I just think it was out of frustration. If it wasn't picked up by the stump mics he wouldn't have been done," he added.
Former English batsman Kevin Pieterson too ridiculed the decision through his tweet and said the suspension is only going to hamper the "dying" format of cricket.
A DYING global Test game & the @ICC suspend a player for a naughty word! Rabada is a STAR! More stars OUT the game damages the game! 🙈— KP (@KP24) July 8, 2017