The former Indian cricket and head coach recently said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the IPL conducts the tournament twice in a year. According to him, the prediction is based on the money supply and demand. He further added, that the demand is big comparatively to the type of format. He said,
“I think you might have two (IPL) seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. If bilateral cricket is reduced, you might well have a shorter format of the IPL in the latter half of the year, more like a World Cup format with a knockout that decides the winner.”
Such statements from Ravi Shastri came while he was speaking at the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club Podcast. He said,
“The IPL will be tempted to go in that direction. It’s great for the sport, great for the players, broadcasters and people who work around the teams. It’s (the IPL) an industry on its own now.”
In the episode, Mr. Shastri also revealed that instead of 10 teams there could also be 12 teams (Franchises) in the coming future stretching upto a month or two. He said that IPL is tempting and is greater for a sport, and the players and the people who work around these teams.
Making such a declaration seems fascinating and seems like a long-awaited carnival is to come but on grounds looking at the practical implications, it does not go as it seems sometimes. Why are we saying this, because many cricketers in today’s time are tired and frustrated as so much of cricket is going on. To support what we are saying, recently, the England test team captain, Ben Stokes, declared his retirement from the ODI format. You know why? It is because the cricket schedule in today’s time has become completely unsustainable.
“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years. I will give everything I have to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format.”
So, you see, how much depth and breadth the statement from a senior cricketer like him can portray. The question is, where are we heading towards by playing so much of cricket and gaining so much bling, and name and fame and indeed money
Undoubtedly, money, fame, all that seems fine, but at the expense of one’s health and life without proper family time, poses a real concern.