While not amused by the schedule, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said that it is what is, calling it the nature of the beast. Speaking ahead of the first T20I in Wellington on Friday, Williamson said that both the teams are aware of the challenges. “There are a number of players in the Indian side who are resting. They have brought in other players, clearly they see the challenges being faced with such a tight schedule. It’s sort of the nature of the beast,” he said in an interaction facilitated by Prime Video.
“Last year, being in the tournament for a little bit longer, the turnaround was quicker. This time, maybe there were a couple of more days, but that’s sort of how the schedule is really. Not just the World Cup, the schedule prior has been busy for everybody and I suppose after major events, there is an opportunity, sometimes to rest to have a few days to relax and then you come back as a group. But as we know, the schedule is full, any opportunity and the occasion to play India at home is always special,” he added.
It is not just New Zealand and India. Reigning white-ball champions England will have no time to celebrate their success. Three days after their victory in the final, England will be taking on Australia in a three-match ODI series starting Thursday, which is not even a part of the ICC ODI Super league. They will finish their tour to Australia, which began with three T20Is on October 9, in the same ground where they won the World Cup on November 22.
Unsurprisingly, it has had an impact on the players as well. With the packed international calendar and franchise-based leagues, players, too, have started to prioritise which tournament they want to play. Citing the scheduling, Australia's Pat Cummins has pulled out of IPL 2023. Earlier in August, left-arm pacer Trent Boult asked to release him of the central contract with New Zealand Cricket. And now, Boult, an integral part of the T20 World Cup campaign, has not been picked for the white-ball series against India.
India vs New Zealand white-ball series will be streamed live on Prime Video from November 18.