COVID-19 is still not gone. Along with the world, India has also come to a standstill. The country is preparing for the fourth phase of lockdown from next week. Amidst all this, it is impossible to play cricket. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Several other bilateral series and matches of ICC Test Championship have been postponed. We don’t see them happening anytime soon.
Meanwhile, the head coach Ravi Shastri of the Indian cricket team has opened up about cricket in the post-coronavirus world. According to Shastri, We should focus on organizing bilateral series and IPL, as they pose less challenge than organizing mega-events like T20 world cup which is scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia. He also emphasized on restarting domestic cricket when the situation gets back to normal. “I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on world events right now. Stay at home, ensure domestic cricket comes back to normal, cricketers at all levels – international, first-class, et cetera – all get back on the field. That’s the most important bit. Second: Start with bilateral cricket,” said Ravi Shastri as quoted by the Times of India.
Doubts have already been raised about the proposed T20 World Cup 2020. Many cricket experts believe that the chances of the mega event look very slim. Host Cricket Australia (CA) hasn’t said anything on this matter. ICC is expected to take a final call in the coming months. On the other hand, the much-awaited IPL 2020 which was supposed to start from 29th March, has been postponed for an indefinite period. Cricketers are now spending their quarantine time at home.
Ravi Shastri believes that organizing bilateral series or IPL is much easier than organizing the World Cup. The head coach added, “If we had to choose between hosting a World Cup and a bilateral tour, obviously, we’d settle for the bilateral. Instead of 15 teams flying in, we’d settle for one team flying in and playing an entire bilateral series at one or two grounds”.