Former Indian skipper and present commentator Ravi Shastri has come up with a “warning” that no one should take any advantage of the flux that has popped up in the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The former India coach was also seen emphasising about removal of Champions Trophy from the fixture after this 2017 edition is concluded and more time should be given to the nations for their domestic schedule.
“Absolutely. They are making the biggest mistake in doing so. You hit the nail on the head. My warning to such people is: beware. This institution is here to stay. They are making the mistake of trying to take advantage of the BCCI in this situation. This state of flux will not last for long. BCCI will be back where they belong very very soon. And that is why it is important that the BCCI stresses on the issues at hand. As far as I am concerned, there are too many ICC tournaments. This is the only sport that has so many champions at any given point of time. In my mind, the Champions Trophy should be scrapped after this edition because it only dilutes the World Cup. Who remembers who won the last three editions of the Champions Trophy? But if you ask me who won the last 10 editions of the World Cup, I can tell you. This period of time should be given to individual countries to make their domestic season prosper”, said Shastri while talking to The Times of India.
Shastri has also credited the Indian Premier League in promoting Indian cricket across all formats. Shastri was quoted saying that increasing the span of IPL would also prove helpful in extracting young and new talents.
“I would use that corridor for another two weeks of the IPL and probably have nine or 10 teams in the future. The IPL is a massive platform from which youngsters can be showcased. If India are the powerhouse that they are today across all formats, the IPL has a big role to play. What’s important for all boards, especially India is to focus on bilateral series. India should have a set home season with at least six matches in front of their fans each year, as England and Australia have. The ICC should know the story of what happens when you even think of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Take care of the goose and it will give you more and more”.
The Champions Trophy 2017 will take place in England from June 1 while the Indian Premier League is set to commence from April 5 in Hyderabad where defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore.