ICC responds amid threats of ODIs coming to an end

ICC responds amid threats of ODIs coming to an end

NEW DELHI: The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) has removed threats to the game’s 50-plus format, saying a “healthy” number of internationals a day will be played in a 27-day cycle in 2023.

The rise of lucrative domestic T20 tournaments has tightened cricket’s already busy schedule and England all-rounder, Ben Stokes, has been blamed for his shock retirement He dropped out of ODI due to an “unsustainable” schedule.

Earlier this month, South Africa canceled their ODI tour of Australia as they clashed with the launch of the domestic T20 tournament, boosting their chances of qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup in India. Degree.

ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said the game’s three-format structure was discussed at the regulator’s annual general meeting in Birmingham, where Future Tours (FTP) 2023-27 was finalized. .

“I think at this stage there are discussions, not specifically about ODI, but about mixing formats in the calendar,” Allardice said on a video conference call.

“Countries, in their FTP, still schedule a good amount of ODI. ‘ODI as expected.’

Australian tennis player Usman Khawaja said one-day cricket is “slowly dying out”, while former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram called for a one-hit format. domestic tournaments”, but stressed that their commitment to international and bilateral cricket was “stronger than ever”.

“Each of them must manage the balance between the matches.” their domestic competitions, their international schedule and manage their players.

” Each
 of these assemblies is in a slightly different situation. Therefore, there is no universal approach to this balancing problem. I’m not sure that’s the tipping point,” said the New Zealander.

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