Ravichandran Ashwin has lashed out at the England Journalist Lawrence Booth after he criticized the Indian Premier League (IPL) for occupying one-sixth of the cricketing calendar. In reply, the Indian cricketer backfired saying even the English Premier League (EPL) in football happens for straight six months.
The all-rounder stated that even there are gaps and the teams play only two matches per week. It is crystal clear that Booth’s remarks against the IPL have not been entertained by Ashwin. The 35-years old took it to his YouTube channel and stated,
“Lawrence Booth (English journalist) had tweeted about IPL fixtures saying it takes almost one-third (one-sixth) of the year. Even the English Premier League happens and almost has a six-month window. The players will have more gaps between matches and they will have only one or two matches per week,” said Ashwin while speaking on his YouTube channel.
One-sixth of the year. https://t.co/TYQdAmshYK
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) February 24, 2022
Ashwin believes IPL is masterpiece and has all potential in it. He even stated the international calendar might further be truncated just to host the world-class league, IPL, in a full-fledged window.
It must be noted the IPL 2022 will be a ten-team affair starting from 26th March with the final scheduled for 29th May. The entire league will be played at Maharashtra including the 70 Round Robin game, the play-offs. The venue for the final is yet to be announced.
“Of course, cricket getting to that stage will always remain a huge question mark. But IPL as a league has all the potential to take cricket into that stage for sure. And all the cricket viewers, cricket nations, stakeholders know this already. Because of this IPL window, there might be a chance that other formats of international cricket or world events might get shortened,” he concluded.
Ashwin will be donning the jersey for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022. The spinner has been picked for a total of INR 5 Crore by the Royals, the winners of the first-ever edition of the marquee event.
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