ICC dismisses threats to ODI format

ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Alliance News): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has dismissed threats to the 50-over cricket format of the game, saying a large number of one-day internationals will be played between 2023-27.

According to ICC,  the increasingly profitable T20 leagues at the local level have affected the already confused cricket calendar and England cricket team all-rounder Ben Stokes has retired from the ODI series. has been declared as the reason for the busiest schedule.

This month, South Africa canceled their ODI tour to Australia as the domestic T20 league is scheduled to start in South Africa at the same time.

ICC chief executive Jeff Allardyce said the nature of the three formats of the game was discussed at the governing body’s annual general meeting in Birmingham where the ‘Future Tours Programme’ 2023-27 was finalised.

Jeff Allardyce said in the video conference that “I think that phase is under discussion and that discussion is not about specific ODIs but also about formats within the calendar.”

He said that many countries are still playing ODI matches on a large scale in the ‘Future Tours Programme’.

“I don’t think you will see any change in the number of ODIs or the ratio of ODIs in the Future Tourers program,” he added.

Australian Test batsman Usman Khawaja has said that ODI cricket is slowly dying, while former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has termed the format as a ‘drag’.

Jeff Allardyce also pointed out that some members focused on domestic leagues but their commitment to international and bilateral cricket was as strong as ever.

He added that each of them has to consider the balance between competing at the domestic level and their international level of play and managing their players and each of these boards is slightly different.

ICC chairman Greg Barclay also pointed out that franchise-based leagues are growing rapidly, so there is a lot of pressure on the calendar but I don’t believe this is a tipping point.

It should be noted that a few days ago the former captain of the national cricket team, Wasim Akram, said that I think ODI cricket should be removed from the international calendar. should do.


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