ICC Annual Conference: International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format

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ICC Annual Conference: International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format
ICC Annual Conference: International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format

ICC Annual Conference: International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format

A “decent” number of one-day international matches will be played in the 2023–2027 cycle, according to the game’s governing International Cricket Council (ICC), which downplayed concerns to the 50-over format on Wednesday.

The emergence of lucrative domestic T20 leagues has congested the already crowded cricket season, and England all-rounder Ben Stokes blamed a “unsustainable” schedule for his unexpected ODI retirement.

South Africa gave up on their ODI tour of Australia earlier this month because it conflicted with the start of their local T20 league, increasing their prospects of going straight to the World Cup in India in 2018.

The architecture of the game’s three formats considered during the governing body’s annual general meeting in Birmingham, where the Future Tours Programme (FTP) 2023–27 finalised, according to ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice.

ICC Annual Conference: International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format
ICC Annual Conference: International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format

“I think at this stage there is some discussion, not specifically about ODIs, but about the mix of formats within the calendar,” Allardice told a video conference.

“Countries have been, in their FTPs, are still scheduling a healthy number of ODIs as well.

“So in the FTP, I don’t think you’ll see any significant change to the number of ODIs. Or the proportion of ODIs as being planned.”

Usman Khawaja, an Australian test batsman, claimed that one-day cricket was “dying a slow death”. And Wasim Akram, a former Pakistan captain, referred to the game as a “drag.”

Allardice acknowledged that some members gave their home leagues “special attention”. But asserted that their dedication to international and bilateral cricket was “as robust as it’s ever been.”

“Each of them has to manage that balance between domestic competitions, their international schedule and the management of their players.

“Each of those boards is in a slightly different situation. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to that balancing issue.”

Greg Barclay, the chairman of the ICC, acknowledged the rapid growth of franchise-based leagues.

“So there’s a lot of pressure on the calendar. But I’m not sure it’s a tipping point,” said the New Zealander.