India’s head coach Ravi Shashtri said on Wednesday that he would like to witness the World Test Finals (WTC) finals against New Zealand, but stressed the need to complete the current cycle.
“In the long run, if they want to continue with the test championship. The best of the three finals would be perfect. We need to finish it as soon as possible because of FTP. The boys have won their streaks. This team did not suddenly blossom overnight.” said Shastri at a virtual press conference before the team left for England.
The Indian team will play six tests in England, including the WTC opening final against Kiwis. While the WTC final will be played June 18-22 in Southampton, the next series of England will start in Nottingham (August 4-8) and will be followed by matches in Lord’s (August 12-16), Leeds (August 25 – 29). ), Oval (September 2-6) and Manchester (September 10-14).
“It’s the first time you’ve had a WTC final. When you look at the size of the game, it’s going to be the biggest. It’s a format that’s testing you. The teams have played each other around the world and won the rights to play in the final,” Shastri said. .
The WTC final, due to be played on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl, will be a repeat of the 2019 World Cup semi-final clash with New Zealand. This will be the first task of the Indian team after the home series against England.
While the Kohli-led country will be in England for almost four months, a new-looking “B” team will take over Sri Lanka for a series of white balls consisting of three ODIs and so many T20s. Shastri also supported the idea of placing two different national countries at the same time, saying it could be the way forward in world cricket.
“If you want to spread the T20 game around the world, this could be the way forward. If you want cricket in the Olympics, you need more teams,” he said.