Veteran coach Tom Moody on Thursday said the performance of players in highly competitive leagues like IPL and ILT20 will hold extra importance this time as it could have an impact on team selection ahead of the T20 World Cup. This edition of the premier ICC event is scheduled to be jointly hosted by West Indies and USA in June and most of the teams including India have already completed their T20I assignments. “With any other T20 tournament like IPL (to be played between March-May), ILT20, it is important for any player to perform as every domestic team is looking at the performance of all their players in these tournaments because Moody “There is high quality cricket in these (leagues),” he said during a virtual media interaction organized by the Desert Vipers team of ILT20.
After this, Moody explained how this outing can help the players to secure a place in the team going for the World Cup.
“If you are scoring runs, taking wickets and showing consistency, it puts you in a good position as an individual when it comes to the final tough decisions at the selection table.
“It allows you to continue with that kind of confidence going into an important (T20) World Cup,” Moody said.
Even India head coach Rahul Dravid had recently expressed a similar opinion.
“We may not get as many opportunities to play together, so we'll have to work around it. We'll obviously have the IPL, and you know, everyone will be watching closely to see if some of them How people play and what slots we have that need to be filled in the team,” Dravid had said after India's three-match home T20 series against Afghanistan last month.
However, Moody was not unaware of the challenge that a new destination like the United States could pose to teams who might otherwise be familiar with the conditions in the West Indies.
“Many have played in the Caribbean but what will be presented in the US will be one of many different things.” The former Australian all-rounder said that teams and players will have to adapt quickly to a non-regular cricket venue like America.
He said, “Talking about world-class players, they have played in all types of conditions and situations. I believe the top players and teams will adapt very quickly, whether it is chasing a target of 200 or more. Do it or get a low score.”
'Protect Test cricket'
As the discussion turned to the future of Test cricket in a world of growing T20 leagues, Moody said the International Cricket Council (ICC) should work with different boards to save the traditional format of the game.
“It's a balance of both. These leagues are emerging around the world for a reason, because there is a hunger for T20 cricket.” “But the ICC and the board need to be conscious of getting that delicate balance right and we need to protect Test cricket,” Moody said during a conversation convened by Desert Vipers. Carbon credits, a Willow Tree program and educational outreach to bring sustainability to cricket.
Moody was only realistic when he said that the future would see a reduction in the number of Test matches.
“The reality is that we will not play as much Test cricket as we have historically. Also, not every country will be able to play Test cricket to the same extent because of the financial pressures placed on cricket boards.” However, the veteran coach said that it will be difficult for all T20 leagues to survive in the long run due to the need for constant financial support.
Moody expressed hope that this would provide some support to Test cricket.
“Over time, we will see that the established leagues, which have got good infrastructure and financial backing and good cricket investors, will survive and flourish, while others will gradually fade away, leading to some natural opportunities (for Test cricket).” The difference will be made,” he mentioned.
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