Mumbai: Formers cricketers-turned-commentators Aakash Chopra and Michael Vaughan were involved in a Twitter spat on Sunday. Both Chopra and Vaughan are still carrying on their passion for the sport, but this time as a broadcaster and regularly take to social media platforms to express their views.
Vaughan, who currently works with BBC as a cricket pundit took to Twitter to stand against Kagiso Rabada’s one match Test ban. Rabada was banned for a match following his send off to Ben Stokes during the first innings of the first England versus South Africa Test at Lord’s.
According to Vaughan, the ICC was very unforgiving to the Proteas pacer for using foul language while the world governing cricket body seemed very casual to take action against teams over slow over rates.
Vaughan tweeted, “Rababa Suspended for 1 match for a couple of Words ….. Give me a break … what about the continuous slow over rates @icc !????????”
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
Chopra made his best effort to place his opinion to Vaughan, standing firm by the decision of the ICC. Replying to Vaughan, Chopra tweeted that Rabada picked up 4 demerit points in a year which led to his ban, and not because of swearing at English all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Chopra also mentioned the slow over rate topic citing the example of Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews suspension during last month’s ICC Champions Trophy.
Chopra tweeted, “Incorrect. He accumulated four demerit points over a period of time. Same way SL captain got suspended for slow over Rate in CT.”
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
However, Vaughan did not seem too pleased by Chopra reply and lashed out at him. The Ashes-winning former England captain advised ex-India opening batsman to stop acting smart.
Vaughan replied “Aakash.. It isn’t incorrect as it’s just my opinion .. so stop being a smart arse ..”
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
Earlier this year, Chopra was also involved in a war words with Sreesanth after the former stated that he was not in favour of latter's comeback to the Indian team.