No one remembers bilateral T20I series, says Ravi Shastri

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Ravi Shastri says bilateral T20 series should go off the table

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that bilateral series between countries are done away with and international matches in the shortest format restricted to World Cups every two years to create a big window for franchise tournaments like the IPL.

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that bilateral T20 series between countries are done away with and international matches in the shortest format restricted to World Cups every two years to create a bigger window for franchise tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL).  

Shastri who guided the team India in the recently T20 world Cup in UAE claimed that “no one remembers” bilateral tournaments.

He added that cricket should go the football way, where club competitions are more prevalent and international matches are largely played in big tournaments like the World Cup.

He even said that in the future, there could be two seasons of the IPL in a year.

“Yes, absolutely, there’s too much bilateral stuff going on in T20 cricket,”

Shastri said on ESPNCricinfo. 

“I’ve said that, even when I was the coach of India, I could see it happening in front of my eyes. It should go the football way, where, in T20 cricket, you just play the World Cup. Bilateral tournaments – no one remembers,”

he said.

“I don’t remember a single game in the last six-seven years as coach of India, barring the World Cup. If a  team wins the World Cup, they will remember it. Unfortunately, we didn’t, so I don’t remember that either,”

said Shastri.

“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,”

he explained.

“That’s the future. It could be tomorrow – 140 games, split 70-70. In two seasons,”

Shastri said on the suggestion of two IPL seasons in a year.

“You never know. That’s the way it’s going to go. That’s the way it’s developed as a beast of property. And you cannot hide away from that,”

he said.

“You might think that’s overdose, but nothing is overdose in India. I have been sitting outside the bubble, I have been watching people, how they have seen, how they have reviewed these last few months, especially [after coming] out of Covid. And they are loving every bit of it, and they are almost having withdrawal symptoms.”

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