As the world prepares itself for a post COVID-19 return, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering playing simultaneous series (Test and T20I series) to make up for the cricket lost due to lockdown.
According to a report published by The Hindu BCCI may adopt an innovative path to make up for lost time by fielding two separate international white-ball and red-ball squads simultaneously.
“None of us know when sport, especially international cricket, will resume. But if we have to safeguard the interests of all our stakeholders — from sponsors to spectators — one of the options is to select two different squads and play a Test series and a T20I series simultaneously,” a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told The Hindu .
Taken up the idea with the coaching staff
The report noted that the cricket board has taken up the idea with its coaching staff, who are working on figuring in the possible separate red-ball and white-ball squads, if the board decides to host simultaneous series in a short cricket window.
If BCCI give shape to its incredible idea on the table, cricket fans could be in for a dual delight, with Tests during the day and T20I by the evening.
Not a new idea
In 2017, Australia had fielded two separate squads against Sri Lanka in T20I and against India in a Test match on consecutive days. Thus, if BCCI finally adopts the idea, it would become second team after Australia to field to two separate teams.
Last month, Eoin Morgan, limited-overs England captain, had also mooted a similar idea where he suggested that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should consider fielding two separate teams to make for the time loss due to covid-19 pandemic.