The former Indian cricket Ravi Shastri recently made an interesting suggestion in regards to T20 Cricket format, which is considered the most exciting format of the game. He believes that the shortest format of the game is not meant for bilateral series between international teams. He wants the T20 format to be restricted to only the World Cup and he has a reason for the remarks.
Ravi Shastri explains
Shastri is one of the most successful India coaches and he feels that franchise cricket together with a biennial T20 World Cup is best way forward when it comes to the shortest format, considering fans’ appetite for it.
Shastri’s comments have come, days before India’s five-match T20 series against South Africa. “…there’s too much of bilateral stuff going on in T20 cricket. I’ve said that (before), even when I was the coach of India, I could see it happening in front of my eyes,” Shastri told ESPNcricinfo.
“It should go the football way, where, in T20 cricket, you just play the World Cup. Bilateral tournaments – no one remembers.”
Shastri, whose tenure as India coach ended last year, said he doesn’t “remember a single (T20) game in the last six-seven years as coach of India, barring the World Cup.”
He added: “A team wins the World Cup, they will remember it. Unfortunately, we didn’t, so I don’t remember that either. Where I am coming from is: you play franchise cricket around the globe; each country is allowed to have their franchise cricket, which is their domestic cricket, and then, every two years, you come and play a World Cup.”
It has been also noted that the IPL media and broadcasting rights for the next five-year cycle are going to go up for sale in June.
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