IPL 2022 – Ravi Shastri on IPL: Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has backed the IPL and the necessity for it amid widespread criticism of it following India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup. According to Shastri IPL is absolute must for the other formats in cricket to survive. Also, Shastri confirmed that he is keen to take up coaching role with IPL franchsie going forward – Follow InsideSport.in for all LIVE Updates on IPL 2022.
He said, “I think the IPL is extremely important. I don’t care what people think. IPL is the cash cow for your other formats to survive. You have got to get that in place and then earn the bucks, get it into the coffers and then spread it around to different formats of the game, at grassroots level, at domestic cricket level, to keep the game alive.”, declared Shastri in an interview to NDTV.
IPL 2022: Amid criticism, Ravi Shastri backs the need for IPL, expresses interest in coaching as Ahmedabad IPL team links grow
Ravi Shastri on IPL: Shastri enjoyed a four-year tenure as the head coach of the Indian team, and will soon decide on his next innings in life. The former Indian all-rounder has been linked with the new Ahmedabad IPL team and reportedly has been offered a Director of Coaching spot.
When asked will he be intested in joining any of the IPL franchise for coaching role? This is what the former Indian coach stated –
“If I get the opportunity, I will definitely do it. There are no two ways about that. It will be a great experience. Something I have not tried and I relish challenges. I will go in that direction, for sure,” he said.
IPL 2022: Should that not work out, Ravi Shastri remains keen to return to broadcasting, where he made a name for himself over two decades after his retirement. He said, “The sporting fraternity, since I left the game and went to broadcasting for 23 years, has opened up that massively, five fingers will not fit, you need ten.”
He added, “But I am good enough with five and it will be everything connected to cricket because whatever I am, it is because of the game and in many ways, the BCCI, because they are the custodians of the sport in India. But the media space is exploding and I think I fit in there.”