Indian Skipper has thrown his weight around the return of multi-nation white-ball series like tri-angular and quadrangular series as a solution for the ever-busy international cricket calendar.
The men’s cricket calendar is always jam-packed with bilateral series one
after giving only a very small amount of rest for the players and team to get ready for the World Cup. In the upcoming years, there would be more franchise leagues introduced which would affect the players without a doubt. As a result, Rohit Sharma has suggested including multi-team series instead of bilaterals.
Earlier, there used to be World Series or the famous Commonwealth Bank series in which India also participated. The tournament used to be a crowd-puller but got faded away because of the introduction of various franchise leagues. However, Rohit has suggested that these tournaments could be a real-time saver for those who play in franchise cricket.
Speaking to the press ahead of the 2nd ODI, Rohit Sharma quipped that bringing back the World series is an important measure.
“I do think it is important but it can be managed in a better way for sure. The scheduling has to be done with some space as well. You have to play bilateral series. There was a time when we were kids, I grew up, I watched a lot of tri-series or quadrangular series, but that has completely stopped. I think that can be a way forward so that there is enough time for a team to recover and get back,” said Rohit.
He also added that the feeling of playing for the country is certainly the best. “These all are high-pressure games that we play, whenever you represent your country, you want to come out with a lot of intensity.”
“You do not want to compromise on that so of course, I do understand when we play the bilateral series, the scheduling, and time between each game can be managed slightly better, not just from India’s perspective, but all boards,” said Sharma.
The Indian skipper said that if the scheduling can be maintained well, then the players will exhibit good quality cricket. He also added that playing regular bi-lateral series forces a team to look into the workload management of the
“If that happens, you see the best quality of players coming out and representing every game. When you play back-to-back games, you have to look after players and understand the workload.”
“Honestly, from the outside world, people want to see all the best players playing and if those things are managed quite well, the quality of cricket will not be compromised,” said Sharma.
India and England will lock horns in the third and final ODI on Monday. Both teams have won one match apiece and this match will be the decider for the ODI series. After this tour, India will play West Indies in West Indies. The matches begin on July 29.