The Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team is taking on West Indies today in the third ODI of the three-match ODI series. The encounter is a virtual dead rubber and does not hold any significance as the visitors have already registered a series win after having an upper hand in both the first two matches of the series.
The ODI series will be followed by the five-match T20I series on the same tour. The shortest format series will mark the comeback of some f marquee names in the Indian squad. The list includes skipper Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, and the chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
The Indian team will feature in multiple T20 games in the next couple of months as they are looking to leave no stones unturned in terms of preparation ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. The highly-anticipated Asia Cup 2022 will be India’s next assignment.
Ravi Shastri comes up with a big remark:
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri, The former Indian all-rounder, and the head coach have come up with some major suggestions in order to help the game expand. He is keen on the cricketing boards reducing the amount of bilateral series.
The Mumbaikar believes that reducing bilateral cricket will help the cricketing leagues around the world in their growth. He went on to confess that the viewers might get to witness two seasons of the Indian Premier League if his suggestion comes into the effect.
Here’s what Ravi Shastri said:
“I think you might have two (IPL) seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. If bilateral cricket is reduced, you might well have a shorter format of the IPL in the latter half of the year, more like a World Cup format with a knockout that decides the winner, The full competition with 10 teams could go to 12 teams in the future.” Shastri said.
“There’s a lot of franchise cricket that can be encouraged. You play fewer bilaterals and then you get together for the World Cups. So the emphasis on ICC World Cup events has become paramount. Then people look forward to them,” he added.