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Prioritise domestic and bilateral cricket over world events: Ravi Shastri

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India Coach Ravi Shastri feels that once the game returns to its normal state, the Indian team should focus more on domestic and bilateral matches rather than multi team events.

The Sports world with no exception has come to standstill due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed indefinitely in wake of the highly contagious virus while the T20 World Cup is under the cloud.

Start with Domestic Cricket

Ravi Shastri, in a discussion with ‘The Times of India’ said that Domestic cricket should take precedence over any other cricket activities.

“I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on world events right now. Stay at home, ensure domestic cricket comes back to normal, cricketers at all levels – international, First Class, etc – all get back on the field. That’s the most important bit,” Ravi Shastri told The Times of India.

He further added that he would chose bilateral series over world events if given a choice.

“….obviously, we’d settle for the bilateral. Instead of 15 teams flying in, we’d settle for one team flying in and playing an entire bilateral series at one or two grounds.”

IPL can be played with some restrictions

Ravi Shastri also said that IPL can be played if it can be restricted to one or two cities.

“The difference between an international tournament and the IPL is that the IPL can be played between one or two cities and the logistics will be easier to manage,” said Ravi.

He also added that like IPL, bilateral series also can be hosted in fewer cities so if given a choice he would priorities IPL and bilateral series over multi team events.

The Indian Coach also stressed that time should be given to prepare for the world events as even the best in the business needs that.

“No matter how big or accomplished a player is, it’ll take time to get into the groove once again, regain that ball sense, find your feet out there in the middle – no matter who you are. Not just cricket, but in any sport, that’ll be a challenge. It’s only natural,”

Shastri said.

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