Cricket enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly awaiting the impending clash between India and Australia, set to commence with a three-match One Day International (ODI) series starting on September 22.

The excitement is palpable, particularly in the wake of the Indian cricket team’s commanding performance in the Asia Cup final. They secured a resounding 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka by chasing down a modest target of 50 runs, with Sri Lanka being bowled out for the same total in just 6.1 overs. This triumph has significantly boosted the morale of the Indian cricket team as they prepare to host the upcoming World Cup on home soil next month.

However, there is a contentious aspect to the team’s schedule. Ahead of their World Cup opener against Australia on October 8, India is scheduled to participate in a three-match series against the Pat Cummins-led Australian squad, commencing on September 22. This scheduling decision has not gone unnoticed, with former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram expressing skepticism about its necessity.

See also  India A vs Pakistan A Highlights, Emerging Asia Cup: Sai Sudharsan century, Hangargekar's five-for help IND A win big

“Traveling within India takes a day, and with several cricket grounds available, matches are scheduled almost daily. Leading up to a major competition, conserving energy becomes crucial. Playing three ODIs just before the World Cup, especially when you are the favorites on home turf, could lead to exhaustion. If the goal is to test additional players for the squad, those players could be evaluated during the Australia series,” he remarked in a Star Sports interview.

Akram stressed the importance of affording key players the much-needed rest and offered recommendations to the Indian team.

“For instance, it would be ideal for Jasprit Bumrah to participate in at least two of the three games against Australia. Despite his excellent form and rhythm, there is always room for further conditioning of his muscles. As for Suryakumar Yadav, he may feature in all five games, including the Australia series and two warm-up matches. Given his recent struggles in ODIs, Virat Kohli could also consider occasional breaks, especially considering the lengthy format of the World Cup. The team needs to be prepared for nine games,” he concluded.

See also  हमने 75% तय कर लिया है...': Rohit Sharma का दुख, शमी की अनुपस्थिति में प्रशीध vs मुकेश का फैसला