The Head Coach of the India national cricket team Ravi Shastri has suggested few changes in Twenty-20 cricket. During a chat with The Guardian, Ravi Shastri stated that he wants to see fewer bilateral T20 cricket series taking place in the world and he suggested that Twenty-20 cricket should take the football route.
He also said that franchise cricket should be the future of T20 cricket. Also, he wants the T20 format of the game to spread across various countries so that it can reach the Olympics.
“I would like to see less and less bilateral T20 cricket,” he said. “Look at football. You have the Premier League, the Spanish league, the Italian league, the German league. They all come together [for the Champions League].
“There are few bilateral football [friendlies] now. The national teams only play for the World Cup or World Cup qualifying [and other major tournaments like the European Championships, Copa America, and the Africa Cup of Nations]. I think that’s the way T20 cricket should go.
“Spread the game in different countries, and take it to the Olympics. But cut down on those bilateral games and give time for the players to rest, recuperate and play Test cricket,” he added.
In my seven years with this Indian team, I don’t remember one white-ball game: Ravi Shastri
The Head Coach of Team India told that alongside him other cricketers also believe the same about T20 cricket. Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri also said that in his 7-year tenure with the India National Cricket Team he doesn’t remember a single white ball game.
“They all believe the same. There is enough franchised cricket. That is working. But what is the point of bilateral? In my seven years with this Indian team, I don’t remember one white-ball game. If you win a World Cup final you will remember it and that’s the only thing left for me as a coach.
“Otherwise, you bloody cleaned up everything across the globe. I don’t remember a single [white-ball] game. Test matches? I remember every ball. Everything. But the volume is too much. We beat Australia 3-0 in the T20 series. We beat New Zealand 5-0 in New Zealand. Who cares? But beating Australia in two-Test series in Australia? Winning Tests in England? I remember that,” he maintained.
Ravi Shastri opined that the cricket boards earn a lot of money from franchise cricket and T20 cricket so the right balance needs to be struck. Also, he added that other than England and Australia very few cricket boards make a good amount of money through Test cricket. Ravi Shastri asserted:
“Correct. So you need the right balance. Money is important because it can be put into the grassroots. The top players still want to play Test match cricket but, barring England and Australia, very few countries make money through it. In India, it’s beginning to pick up because of the way India plays. We go for the win because Test cricket is the ultimate.”