The England cricket team won the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday after defeating Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by a margin of five wickets. They will face Australia in the opener of a three-match One-Day International series on Thursday at Adelaide Oval.
Many players and support staff are upset about how long there was between two assignments. Australia’s former captain Michael Clarke criticised Moeen Ali and other English players for “whinging” as they expressed their displeasure with the tight schedule.
According to Moeen, the scheduling of the series is “horrendous,” making it very challenging to maintain the same level of intensity throughout each game. In response to Moeen’s complaint, Clarke stated that he wouldn’t be making the same statement if the Indian Premier League plane needed to depart immediately following the T20 World Cup.
“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,” Clarke said. “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.”
Between the T20 World Cup and the ODI series, the England team only has three days to prepare. However, Moeen made it clear that it’s not always possible to give your all during the ODI series. “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,” Moeen had said.