'IPL, bi-lateral series over T20 World Cup', says Ravi Shastri

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Last Updated: Fri, May 15th, 2020, 14:36:27hrs
'IPL, bi-lateral series over T20 World Cup', says Ravi Shastri

The world, in general, is waiting patiently for normalcy to resume after nearly two months in lockdown.

Football and other sports are gradually eyeing a restart in May/June, Even cricket is edging closer towards resumption of activities after the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a standstill. To start with, various boards have charted out a comprehensive plan to allow cricketers to start their skills training.

The BCCI has said that the top cricketers could begin outdoor training next week if restrictions are eased.  

Most of the bi-lateral series have been postponed, while the ICC is still keen on the T20 World Cup in Australia to go ahead as per plan.  

India head coach Ravi Shastri says the priority should be to get domestic cricket, including IPL, underway, followed by bilateral international series. However, Shastri has red-flagged the T20 World Cup this year.

“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 — all get back on the field. That’s the most important bit.  

"Second: Start with bilateral cricket. If we (India) had to choose between hosting a World Cup and a bilateral tour, 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,” Shastri was quoted as saying by Times of India.