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Restless schedule for the India Men’s cricket team announced; one after another series to be played

India will go through a busy schedule right after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. With the exception of IPL 2022, the Indian cricket team will play 6 Tests, 9 ODIs, and 21 T20I matches in the eight months from November 2021 to July 2022.

Two days after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup ends, India will host New Zealand from November 17 to play 3 T20Is and 2 Tests. They will play 3 T20I matches at 5-day intervals and 2 Test matches with a 3-day break in between, which will end on December 7.

After that, India will be touring South Africa from 17th December 2021 to 26th January 2022. They will play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 4 T20I matches there. Each Test match will be held with only 4 days intervals. Then 3 ODIs will be held in 6 days intervals and 3 T20Is will be held in just 8 days.

After the tour of South Africa, India will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20I matches at home against the West Indies from February 6 to 20. Sri Lanka will then travel to India on February 25 to play 2 Tests and 3 T20I matches, ending on March 18.

Luckily, India will only need to play the next series at home against South Africa in June, almost two months later. However, in the middle two months, the players will be busy with IPL 2022. The tournament will have 10 franchises this time around and most of the players in the team will play at least 18 matches there.

South Africa will play 5 T20I matches in India from June 9 to June 19. Twelve days later, India will travel to England to play the 5th Test and final test, which has been canceled this year due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the visitors’ camp. The tour has been extended for another 12 days, adding 3 ODIs and a T20I match.

Meanwhile, regular Indian players have been playing incessantly since last year. These players are getting very little rest due to their busy schedules. Also, now with all the Covid-19 restrictions and the number of bio-bubbles that the cricketers have to undergo before the start of the series make this busy schedule is almost inhumane.

Ravi Shastri, the outgoing coach said that the 2021 schedule had left players “physically and mentally drained”. However, in order to deal with this situation, the BCCI might adopt a strategy of forming a separate team for a different format like England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The Indian team has enough talent in the pool to form different teams in different formats if desired.

The board should play the players with rotations between them and send those to rest who have been away from their families for a long time. As a result, they will be able to perform better. Otherwise, the promising cricketers of the next generation will fall prematurely due to lack of opportunities and that will play a significant role in pushing the Indian cricket team towards collapse.

Players’ performance after playing the consecutive series will be an interesting thing to watch. For more updates on cricket around the world, stay with Baji!

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