first_imgJuly 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 Readlast_img