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India’s schedule raises concerns for ODI Champions Trophy in Pakistan

India’s schedule raises concerns for ODI Champions Trophy in Pakistan

Following the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, India will play a mere 6 ODIs before the Champions Trophy, which is set to be held in February 2024 in Pakistan.

The upcoming Indian cricket home season’s schedule, released by the BCCI, highlights the challenges of balancing bilateral cricket with frequent global tournaments. While the focus heavily leans on T20Is, concerns arise regarding India’s preparedness for the ODI Champions Trophy next year in Pakistan.

Limited ODIs cast shadow on Champions Trophy 2025

Following the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, India will play a mere 6 ODIs before the Champions Trophy, scheduled for February 2024. These 50-over matches (3-match series) will come against Sri Lanka and England.

This limited exposure to the 50-over format raises questions about ideal preparation for a major ODI event.

T20 mania grips bilateral cricket

The BCCI’s scheduling reflects a growing trend: T20Is are the clear favorite in bilateral cricket. India’s upcoming season features 16 T20Is compared to just 6 ODIs. This prioritization aligns with commercial interests, but comes at the expense of the traditional 50-over format.

ICC Champions Trophy: Format under discussion?

The waning popularity of ODIs has even sparked discussions within cricket governing bodies. Behind the scenes, stakeholders are exploring the possibility of converting the Champions Trophy into a T20 event. However, the ICC currently remains committed to the ODI format for the tournament.

T20 Excitement vs. ODI Importance

The ICC official’s statement reflects the dilemma: changing the Champions Trophy format could diminish the significance of the T20 World Cup. Finding a balance between the two formats is a topic expected for further discussion at the ICC’s upcoming meeting as per HT.

India’s Test Cricket flourishes

While the ODI schedule sparks debate, India’s Test cricket itinerary remains robust. The team will play a total of 10 Tests, including 5 at home against Bangladesh and New Zealand, and a crucial 5-match series in Australia as part of the World Test Championship.

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Can India Bridge the ODI Gap?

India’s upcoming schedule prioritizes T20 cricket, both commercially and strategically for player development. However, the limited ODI exposure creates a challenge for the Champions Trophy. Whether India can bridge this gap with just 6 matches remains to be seen.

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