India coach Shastri says bilateral cricket and IPL should be given priority

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Retrieved 16 May 2020, 00:08 IST

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India coach Ravi Shastri

Robi Shastri believes that bilateral action and the Indian Premier League (IPL) should take precedence over global competition when the green light is given for the resumption of cricket.

The coronavirus crisis has played a huge number of games around the world, with many events being canceled or postponed.

It was not possible for the IPLT to be processed at the end of March due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but organizers are optimistic for additional external rescheduling later in the year.

There are also doubts about whether the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October and November.

Shastri, India’s head coach, thinks it would be too early to think about the stage for a major international tournament.

He told the Times of India: “I will not put too much emphasis on world events right now.

“Stay at home, make sure domestic cricket returns to normal, international, first-class, and second-tier cricketers will all return to the field. This is the most important thing. Second: Start with bilateral cricket.

“If we have to choose between hosting the World Cup and touring bilaterally, we obviously want to be bilateral.

“Instead of flying 15 teams, we will be determined to become one team or play a bilateral series on two or three grounds.

“When cricket started again, we could have given priority to the IPL. The difference between an international tournament and the IPL is that the IPL can be played between one or two cities and the logistics will be easier to manage.

“The same thing happens bilaterally – it will be easier for us to tour a country with more than 15 teams at a time and play there on a specific field. The International Cricket Council needs to look at this matter purposefully.”