David Warner has slammed Cricket Australia’s scheduling of international games, which has resulted in overlapping schedules for formats, saying it threatens to leave Australia’s top cricketers without the opportunity to become the world’s best in all three formats.
Warner was unhappy that he and some of his teammates would miss Australia’s three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka next month as they would be in India for the Tests.
“Scheduling is obviously Cricket Australia’s area,” Warner told FoxSports on Tuesday (January 10). “They play the big role in putting that on. For me, it’s about going out there and playing the game and not worrying too much about that. In saying that, it is very, very poor scheduling. To have your Test team going away to play a Test match… it doesn’t make any sense to us.”
Australia are scheduled to play three T20Is against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (February 17), Geelong (February 19) and Adelaide Oval (February 22), while the first of their four-match Test series against India begins in Pune the following day. The close scheduling forces several members of Australia’s first-choice T20I side, including Warner, Steven Smith, the captain, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc to miss the entire T20I series.
Cricket Australia want players to embrace the idea of two national sides playing different formats, but Warner believes the absence of key players in the T20I squad could effect Australia’s bid to win the World T20.
“I don’t like it. Those of us who are part of the T20 team have a bigger goal and bigger picture, and that is to win a World Cup. You want to be putting your best team on the park all the time. At the end of the day, you’ve got Big Bash and IPL,” said Warner. “If me, Smithy, Starcy, Ussy, Shaun Marsh – all these guys that are in the Australian T20 team from the previous World Cup – if we are not playing any T20 cricket in Australia where the next World Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around.”
The World T20 is scheduled to be held in Australia in 2020, but there remains the possibility of an event in 2018 as well. Australia are yet to win a World T20 title, having made it to the final only once when they were runners-up to England in 2010.