Kris Srikkanth, former Indian World Cup-winning opener, has lauded hosts England and the two touring sides in West Indies and Pakistan for playing such a substantial part in bringing back International summer amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
England recently concluded their 2020 Test summer, where they hosted West Indies and Pakistan for six Tests played across two bio-secure centers in Manchester and Southampton.
“I would like to start with thanking the England, West Indies and Pakistan teams for bringing international cricket back. In these extremely different and difficult circumstances, it requires a great amount of discipline and self-control to follow all the rules and regulations.” Kris Srikkanth wrote in TOI.
With the bio-security measures in place, England has been forced to field separate teams for Test and white-ball cricket, something Kris Srikkanth is certainly very impressed with. He also pointed out that it only goes to show England’s success in white-ball cricket has a lot to do with their ‘horses for courses’ approach.
“I like the idea of England fielding an entirely different team for white-ball cricket. Their success in the shorter formats has a lot to do with this line of thinking. I have always believed in horses for courses and I am sure other teams will follow this shortly. Ben Stokes and Jos Butler will return for sure but I don’t see any other player from the Test team making the cut in T20s,” Srikkanth added.
‘England will definitely start as favourites’- Kris Srikkanth on the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan
Kris Srikkanth reckoned that the home side will certainly start as favorites in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan but also alluded that Pakistan’s unpredictable nature could well lead to a surprise. Srikkanth said that England’s IPL-bound players will approach the series in a bid to fine-tune themselves for the cash-rich league. He also added that the upcoming series will be a perfect opportunity for the No.1 ranked T20I batsman in the world, Babar Azam to impinge himself as the ‘most complete’ all format batsman from Pakistan.
“In knowing the conditions better and packing more power hitters, England will definitely start as favourites but with Pakistan around, one can never be sure. It promises to be an exciting series. For the hosts, the series will throw a slightly different kind of a challenge. They have to tune themselves for the upcoming IPL,” Kris Srikkanth wrote.
“For Pakistan there is an opportunity to try out their young guns and move closer to building a team they can be proud of. All eyes will be on Babar Azam as he tries to become the most complete all-format batsman from Pakistan. They have good blend of youth and experience and should try harder to bring some consistency to their cricket,” Srikkanth concluded.