Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri believes that the T20 format is not meant for bilateral series between international teams but should be restricted to the World Cup only. Ravi Shastri’s remarks came ahead of India’s five-match T20I series against South Africa. Shastri, one of India’s most successful coaches, also feels that the T20 World Cup in two years with franchise cricket would be the best approach as far as the shorter format is concerned, given the enthusiasm of sports fans.
Ravi Shastri told ‘ESPNcricinfo’, “There is a lot of bilateral cricket happening in T20. I have said this before, even when I was the coach of the Indian team. It was happening in front of me. “It should be like ‘T20 cricket’ football where, you just play the World Cup, no one remembers the bilateral tournament. ,
Shastri’s tenure as Indian coach ended last year
Ravi Shastri’s tenure as Indian coach ended last year. He said that he “doesn’t remember a single T20 match except the World Cup during the last six-seven stints as Indian coach. “A team wins the World Cup, they remember it, unfortunately we don’t, so I don’t even remember it,” he said.
Ravi Shastri said, “Franchise cricket is being played all over the world. Each country is allowed to play their own franchise cricket, which is their domestic cricket. And then every two years you play a World Cup (T20).
Ravi Shastri also agreed with Chopra
The media and broadcasting rights for the next five-year cycle of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be sold in June. Talking on the future of IPL, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra said, “I think in future there may be two phases of IPL in each calendar year. And it’s not too far away. Ravi Shastri also agreed with Chopra. He said, “This is the future. He said, “It can happen in the future. 140 matches should be divided into 70-70, in two seasons. You can’t say anything.
“You might think it is ‘excessive’ but nothing is ‘overdose’ (too much) in India. I have seen people outside Bio-bubble. How people have reviewed it in the last few months after coming out of Kovid-19 and they are enjoying every moment of it. And they are also disappointed when it is over is happening.