Given the sport’s demanding schedule in current times, it goes without saying that athletes have a tonne of work to do. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri predicts that more players will start selecting the format they wish to play in light of the concerns made about the burnout experienced by players.

Shastri, who is presently affiliated with Sky Sports, said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya may follow Stokes’ lead and stop playing ODIs after the 2023 World Cup in India. Stokes did this after the World Cup.

Pandya played only as a batsman after having lower back surgery in 2019. With a new IPL stint with Gujarat Titans, he was able to get back into regular bowling and afterward recovered fully in time for India’s recent trip to England.

“Even if the 50-over format is delayed, it may still exist if you just think about the World Cup. World Cups, whether they be T20 or 50-over competitions, should be accorded the utmost priority in the eyes of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Because of the significance, it lends to the game, test cricket will always be played. Players are already selecting the formats they wish to use. Consider Hardik Pandya. He is certain that he just wants to play T20 cricket, saying, “I do not want to play anything else.” “Shastri said.

“Because India will host the World Cup in 2019, he will participate in the 50-over format of the game. You may then see him leaving from there as well. Similar events will occur with other players, who will begin selecting formats. They are well within their rights to, “Shastri said.

Shastri also emphasized the importance of franchise cricket, which might have a significant impact on boards’ decisions to limit international participation. The lucrative T20 event will likely be in the spotlight of the ICC’s Futures Tours & Programme since the IPL is expected to enjoy an exclusive window of two and a half months (FTP).