Ravi Shastri has pointed to the possibility of having two senior Indian cricket teams in the future. The head coach feels such an arrangement could be the “way forward” to expand the T20 format across the world and take cricket to the Olympics.
Ravi Shastri’s observations come ahead of India’s tour of England, including: world test championship final and a series of 5 test matches against the home team. As soon as Virat Kohli’s men begin on this tour, a junior side of white ball specialists will tour Sri Lanka for a limited overs series under whose patronage. Rahul Dravid.
Ravi Shastri clarified that the latter visit is a temporary measure inspired by the current pandemic situation. However, he agreed that with the amount of talent available in the country, having two separate teams is a real possibility.
“Well, you never know. Right now, it’s happening because of the current situation, travel restrictions and things like that. But you never know when in the future you want to expand the game, especially in shorter formats. “This could be the way to go. You know why not? When you have such a plethora of cricketers and if you want to spread the T20 game across the globe then this could be the way forward,” Ravi Shastri said. Said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
The tour of Sri Lanka will consist of three ODIs and as many T20Is starting on July 13. Many other promising youngsters including Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are expected to get call-ups.
You need more countries for Olympics and two teams can decide the way forward: Ravi Shastri
The ICC recently set up an Olympic Committee, which will discuss in detail when and how cricket can make a comeback and continue to be a part of Olympic events. Currently, the 2028 edition of the marquee global event in Los Angeles is being viewed as a possibility.
Ravi Shastri argued that cricket would need more teams as soon as possible to meet that deadline and a two-team formula could come in handy.
Ravi Shastri concluded, “If you are talking about Olympics in four or eight years’ time then you need more countries and this could be the way forward.”
For now, India will take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in Southampton in the summit clash starting June 18.
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