Ravi Shastri bats for a two-tier Test setup

back icon
safarisafari
20 Jul 2022 | 10:33 AM
authorcricket.com staff

Ravi Shastri bats for a two-tier Test setup

Shastri also criticised the T20 bilateral, calling for a cut on the number of matches

On July 18 (Monday), 31-year-old English all-rounder Ben Stokes dropped a bomb-shell by announcing a retirement from the ODI format of the game. Stokes said that it was “unsustainable” for a cricketer to keep going across all the three formats with the crunch and intensity of international cricketing calendar. 

Following that line, former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri called for a reduced number of bilateral, which he believes will keep the format relevant. Shastri also insisted that having reduced bilateral would also keep the focus on the T20 World Cup intact and would also not take away the interest of the viewers. 

"I would be a little careful of the number of bilateral splits, especially in T20 cricket. There's a lot of franchise cricket which can be encouraged, whichever country it's in - India, West Indies, or Pakistan. You play less bilaterals and then you get together for the World Cups. So, the emphasis on ICC World Cup events becomes paramount. Then people look forward to them,” Shastri said on Telegraph Sport’s Vaughany and Tuffers podcast. 

Alongside that, Shastri also had a pertinent point on the improvement of Test cricket. The former Indian all-rounder suggested a two-tier system, which he stated could keep the longest format of the game alive. Currently, there is only one unified Test rankings, under the World Test Championship system. 

"I think two tiers are needed, otherwise Test cricket will die in 10 years' time. You need six teams at the top, and then six teams in the second and then you qualify. And those top six play against each other more often because of the corridor you open up by having less bilateral T20 cricket and just franchise cricket. That's the way all formats of the game can survive," he added. 

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
England vs South AfricaSouth Africa tour of England, 2022Ravi Shastri

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Shastri had very little tolerance for failure: Karthik
The Shastri-Kohli tenure was a good one for Indian cricket but often the duo was criticised for not standing by a few players
userPTI
17 Aug 2022
safari
OPINION
Decoded: Can Cricket take the franchise route like football?
Would International fixtures still continue to be cricket’s bread and butter?
userAakash Sivasubramaniam
10 Jul 2022
safari
NEWS
In India, jealous gang wanted me to fail so I developed thick skin: Shastri
The former India coach feels Ben Stokes would be the ideal choice to take the England Test team forward
userPTI
26 Apr 2022
safari
NEWS
Ravi Shastri backs split captaincy in Indian cricket
Ravi Shastri has supported the splitting of captaincy in the red and white ball formats, saying it is the right way to go.
usercricket.com staff
27 Dec 2021
safari
OPINION
Ravi Shastri and an era of sustained excellence
Any coach of any era would take Shastri's record as India head coach without battling an eyelid
userBastab K Parida
16 Nov 2021
safari
OPINION
Ravi Shastri: India's original crisis man
From a team manager for the Bangladesh tour, 2007 to playing a pivotal role in taking India to the top as head coach, Ravi Shastri moves on from Team India leaving them in a much better position
userR Kaushik
09 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
Rohit Sharma ready to lead India in T20Is: Ravi Shastri
The outgoing India coach also backed the idea of split captaincy in limited-overs and Tests
usercricket.com staff
09 Nov 2021
safari
NEWS
India coach Shastri denies book launch led to positive COVID test
Ravi Shastri hits out denying that he contracted COVID-19 during the book launch event
userAFP
18 Sep 2021
safari
NEWS
Forget Leeds, remember Lord's: Shastri's message to the Indian side
The Indian head coach has warned people to write this Indian side off at their own peril
userPTI
01 Sep 2021
safari
NEWS
WTC final not the final frontier, want to keep winning: Kohli
Kohli cherishes a month-long break before the series against England from a mental health perspective
usercricket.com staff
02 Jun 2021
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved