File image of Ravi Shastri© BCCI
As cricket grapples with a major scheduling problem, the former India coach Ravi Shastri has called for the reduction of the T20 bilateral series, saying that the cricket franchise could be encouraged instead. According to the ICC’s next draft of the Futures Tours & Program (FTP), there will be a massive increase in T20 and the IPL is also set to have an exclusivity period of two and a half months. With an increasing number of matches, diverse players are feeling overwhelmed. England’s top all-round player Ben Stokes Everyone was shocked to announce their retirement from ODI on Monday.
The 31-year-old said playing three formats had become “unsustainable” for him.
Earlier this month, South African Cricket decided to pull out of their ODI series against Australia to ensure their players would be available for their new domestic T20 competition.
Shastri told Telegraph’s Sport’s: “I would be a bit careful about the amount of bilateral division, especially in T20 cricket. audio file.
“You play less bilaterally and then you go to the World Cup together. So the focus on the ICC World Cup events becomes paramount. Then people look forward to them,” he added.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain also slammed the crammed cricket calendar.
Shastri also recommends a Two-Stage Test set up to save the longest format from extinction.
“I think there needs to be two floors, otherwise Test cricket will die in 10 years.
“You need the top six teams, then the second six and then you qualify. And those top six teams play against each other more often because you open the corridor by less bilateral T20 cricket. and only cricket franchises. That’s how all formats of the game can exist,” he explained.
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