Debate intensifies on busy cricket schedule after Ben Stokes’ retirement
Ravi Shastri has given the formula to deal with the problem
Former Indian coach also told the formula to save Test cricket
London. When cricket is battling with a hectic schedule, former India coach Ravi Shastri has demanded a cut in T20 bilateral series, saying that franchise cricket can be promoted instead. According to the next draft Future Tour Program (FTP) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), T20 cricket is going to increase significantly and there will be a special window of two and a half months for the Indian Premier League (a separate time for organizing the tournament).
With the increase in the number of matches, the burden on players playing in multiple formats is increasing. England’s top all-rounder Ben Stokes surprised everyone by announcing his retirement from One Day International cricket on Monday. Stokes said that it is not practical for him to play in all three formats. Earlier this month, Cricket South Africa decided to pull out of the one-day international series against Australia to ensure their players were available for the new domestic T20 competition.
Franchise cricket should be promoted: Shastri
Shastri said on Telegraph’s sports podcast, “I am a little cautious about the number of bilateral series, especially in T20 cricket. There is a lot of franchise cricket happening which can be promoted, be it in any country – India, West Indies or Pakistan. You can play less bilateral series and then play together in the World Cup. This will increase the importance of ICC World Cup events. People will be curious to see them.” Former England captain Nasser Hussain also criticized the busy cricket schedule.
Shastri also suggested changes in the structure of the test
Shastri suggested a two-tier Test structure to save the longest format of the game. He said, “I think there is a need for two tiers, otherwise Test cricket will be over in 10 years. You need six teams at the top level and six teams at the second level and then you qualify. These top six team will get more chance to play against each other as less T20 cricket and only franchise cricket will give time. Similarly, all formats of the game can remain intact.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 20, 2022, 19:10 IST