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Ravi Shastri suggest to reduce international cricket and increase franchise cricket 

Ravi Shastri suggest to reduce international cricket and increase franchise cricket 

At present, the focus of discussion in cricket community is the ODI format of cricket and the schedule set by the ICC. Cricketers of all countries are feeling a lot of pressure due to the busy schedule of ICC. Unable to handle that pressure, England’s test captain Ben Stokes said goodbye to the one-day format of cricket at the age of 31.

Due to Stokes’ departure, former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram has suggested to scrap the ODI format. Now India’s former coach and popular commentator Ravi Shastri joined the discussion. T20 matches have increased in the FTP published by ICC for the next five years. Meanwhile, for franchise cricket recently South Africa also canceled their international series against Australia. Although it was part of the Super League.

The Proteas have given priority to their franchise tournament even though it has become difficult for them to play in the World Cup. Taking these into consideration, the former Indian coach advised to reduce the bilateral series and give priority to franchise cricket. In an interview with the Telegraph’s Spotters podcast, Shastri said, ”It is time to think about the number of bilateral series, especially in T20 cricket. There are many franchise crickets now, all of them can be encouraged. Whether it is India, West Indies or Pakistan.”

Shastri also said, ”If you play less bilateral series then you can be together with everyone in the World Cup. In this way it will be possible to give more emphasis to ICC events. Besides, the importance of tournaments will increase. Then people will eagerly wait to watch these tournaments.”

Shastri also suggested setting up two tiers of Tests to save the big format cricket from extinction. He said, ”I think two levels are necessary. Otherwise Test cricket will be over within 10 years.”

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