Former World Cup-winning all-rounder and Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has expressed his concern over the limited overs format. The rise of T20 leagues has made many players choose leagues over national cricket.
The ODI format, in particular, will be harmed by the proliferation of T20 leagues, according to former India coach Ravi Shastri, as the teams are more likely to offer players long-term contracts.
Shastri claimed that cricket is gradually following football’s lead and that coming forward, players would only be interested in competing in international competitions.
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“I have always said that the bilateral cricket will suffer, there is no question about that. With the leagues spreading around the world, it’s going to go the football way,” Shastri was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
“The teams will assemble just before the World Cup, they play a little bit of bilateral, clubs will release the players and you play the mega World Cup. So it’s going to go that way in the long run whether you like it or not.
“I don’t feel bad at all,” said the former India all-rounder, adding: “One of the faculties of the game will suffer. I think it will be 50-over cricket.”
Many international cricketers are already following a trend of choosing their club before their country. Shastri said that he won’t be shocked to see the pattern continue in the future.
“Look at the volume of people in this country, we are 1.4 billion, and only 11 can play for India,” Shastri said.
“What will the others do? They have an opportunity to play white-ball cricket, it’s their strength, globally, across different franchises in the world. Grab that opportunity. It’s common sense, it’s their living. It’s their income. Nobody will be able to deprive them of this. They (players) are not contracted by BCCIWhat stops them going? “Nothing like getting exposure. How much do they want to protect their own league (IPL)? You’ve got to see where they come from, and rightly so. This is our league and to protect this league. is paramount as far as our interest goes. But by letting certain players go, it’s not going to affect the league in any way.”