Cricket enthusiasts around the globe are gearing up for an imminent clash between India and Australia. The action unfolds in a three-match One Day International (ODI) series starting on September 22.

The anticipation is high, especially after the Indian cricket team’s dominant performance in the Asia Cup final. On Sunday, they clinched a resounding victory over Sri Lanka with a comprehensive 10-wicket win.

India quickly chased down a modest target of 50 runs after bundling Sri Lanka out for the same total in just 6.1 overs. This victory serves as a significant morale boost for the Indian cricket team as they prepare to host the upcoming World Cup on home soil next month.

However, there is a contentious aspect to the team’s schedule. Prior to their World Cup opener against Australia on October 8, India is set to engage in a three-match series against the Pat Cummins-led Australian squad, beginning on September 22. This scheduling decision has not gone unnoticed, with former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram expressing his skepticism about its necessity.

“Travelling in India takes a day, and there are several grounds, thus there are matches every day. Prior to the World Cup, you need to save energy. They are playing three ODIs, but I have no idea why. Before a major competition when you are the favourite at home, you don’t want to be exhausted. You can play those players against Australia if you want to test some more players for the squad,” he said in a Star Sports interview.

Akram urged the Indian team to seize this opportunity and allow key players some much-needed rest.

“Bumrah should participate in at least two of the three games against Australia. Although he looks amazing and has a fantastic rhythm, his muscles still have room for improvement. While Suryakumar Yadav may participate in all five games (the Australia series and two warm-ups), he has recently struggled in ODIs. Virat can occasionally take a break since the World Cup is so long. They must compete in nine games,” he concluded.