Last Update on: June 4th, 2022 at 03:45 pm
Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri believes that T20I games must only be played at World Cups. The former Indian all-rounder hopes cricket to follow the path of football.
Shastri’s statement came ahead of India’s white-ball series against South Africa. In June, India will play a five-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa.
Ravi Shastri believes there are too many bilateral series currently happening at the top level in the shortest format. The former Indian all-rounder and former Asian giants head coach think the shortest format of international cricket should follow in the footsteps of football.
Should men's T20Is be restricted to World Cups? 🤔 #Runorder
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Shastri, one of the most well-known voices in world cricket, stated that he does not recall a single T20 game in his six-and-a-half years as Team India’s coach, except matches, played at the grandest stage of them all, the World Cup.
‘Nobody remembers bilateral tournaments’: Ravi Shastri
Shastri has made some notable comments ahead of India’s upcoming home task in the shortest format. In June, Rahul Dravid’s Team India will take a five-match T20I series against South Africa.
“In T20 cricket, there has been too much bilateral activity. I’ve said it before, but even as India’s coach, I saw it taking place right in front of my eyes. It should follow in the footsteps of football, where you only play the World Cup in T20 cricket. Nobody remembers bilateral tournaments,” Shastri spoke to ESPNcricinfo.
Shastri, a former India all-rounder, resigned as head coach of the Indian men’s team after the T20 World Cup in 2021. During their historic Down Under tours, India won two bilateral Test series against Australia under Shastri’s leadership.