COVID-19 has shown that if a pandemic hit, human beings have no place for hiding even in the technically advanced world. Currently, the World is facing possibly the biggest crisis since the second World War in 1940’s. The world that was in blind race to leave everyone behind, has come to standstill. Again Human life has become more precious than anything else out there.
With the world, the pandemic has also put a full stop to all the sports activities. The Virus has also cancelled all the cricket action for at least upcoming few months now. With the situation looking very bleak at the moment, International Cricket Council (ICC) and respective Cricket Boards have started to assess the conditions and their impact on the upcoming ICC events like the T20 World Cup and World Championship.
At present, there are several question marks on the future of game- Will the tournaments be played behind the doors after the resumption? Will ICC postpone some FTP’s? Or dual team formula be rolled to make up for the lost time?
With the demand of specialist in each format on continuous rise in last decade and so, most of the international teams now possess a core of 20+ specialist players in all formats of the game. According to a BCCI official, BCCI is also mulling over this formula and it won’t be a surprise, if we witness international teams fielding two teams at the same time after Covid-19 pandemic ends.
A BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity has stated- “None of us know when sport, especially international cricket will resume. But if we have to safeguard all our stakeholders – from sponsors to spectators – one of the options is to select two different squads and play a Test series and a T20I series simultaneously,” as per Sportstar.
In the history of Cricket, Australia has fielded two XIs in different series at same time. Back in 2017, Australia played a Test match against India in Pune and very next day they also hosted Sri Lanka for a T20I at the Adelaide Oval. In both the matches or rather series, Australia fielded different XIs.