The recently crowned T20 World Cup champions, England, will take on the hosts, Australia, in a three-match ODI series starting on 17th November. This series will mark the beginning of world cup preparations for both teams. Moeen Ali recently said that having a game scheduled every two or three days will affect a player’s intensity.
“Having a game in three days’ time, it’s horrible. But it’s better than two days’ time. If it had rained on Sunday, it would have been two days [if the reserve day came into play]. As players, we’re kind of getting used to it now. But to give 100 percent all the time is difficult when you’re playing every two, three days,” he added.
Former Australian world cup winning captain Micheal Clarke has criticised Moeen Ali for this statement. Clarke said that if the IPL was scheduled to begin two or three after the completion, then players would have gone for it without an ounce of doubt.
He also added that one shouldn’t complain about the international schedule if they play franchise cricket for almost two months.
Micheal Clarke was quoted by Fox Sports saying, “If it was playing in the T20 World Cup and then the next day get on a plane to depart for the IPL, I don’t think you’d hear anybody whinge,”
“Players can’t complain about the international schedule when they’re taking the opportunity to play domestic cricket as well for franchises for money when you can have those six or eight weeks off. Then you’d be as fresh as a daisy. I’ve obviously found that very hard,” Micheal Clarke concluded.
The first game is ready to be played at the Adelaide Oval, the following games will be played in Sydney and Melbourne.