Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has come hard at Moeen Ali for calling out the scheduling of the ODI series between Australia and England. As Ali called the scheduling ‘horrible’, Clarke slammed the England all-rounder saying he would not have complained if it was the Indian Premier League (IPL) or any other T20 league for that matter.
England played in the T20 World Cup 2022 final on Sunday (13 November) and will be playing their first ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday (17 November). Talking about the same, Ali said that it affects the intensity of the players as they play a game every second or third day.
"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.
Now, Clarke has responded to the same saying if Ali had to catch a flight for the IPL right after the T20 World Cup, he would have no issues with it. Clarke further stated that players should not complain about the international schedule if they take six or eight weeks off to play franchise cricket.
"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 was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
"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."