The ICC has championed the ODI format despite many questioning the relevance of 50-over cricket © Getty
The International Cricket Council (ICC) vigorously defended the ODI format on Wednesday (July 28), despite calls for it to be scrapped.
“The countries are still planning multiple ODIs in their Future Tours (FTP) program. You will not see any significant changes in the number or proportion of ODIs in the next FTP,” Geoff Allardice, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ICC , said Wednesday (July 27).
Ben Stokes recently retired from the ODI format, stating that playing three formats was unsustainable. There have been many who have questioned the relevance of 50-over cricket, with Wasim Akram recently calling for the scrapping of ODIs.
The ICC statement comes a day after the annual conference in Birmingham concluded and against the backdrop of countries favoring franchise-based T20 competitions and South Africa deciding to take Super League points against Australia early next year. lose instead of the yet-to-be-launched T20 competition. The ICC has indicated that the three-match ODI series between South Africa and Australia can still take place.
“We still have nine months in the window to complete the Super League series. How the series is planned is to be resolved between the two members. Whether they come to an agreement, there may be some discussions going on. We will deal with that if that series doesn’t happen,” Allardice said, claiming the FTP, which was approved at the annual conference on Tuesday (July 26), is still relevant.
He also reflected on the trend of some countries favoring domestic T20 competitions over international competitions. “We talked about the three formats and the way it is included in the FTP. The countries and the fans in those countries have different preferences regarding the formats. At this stage there is some discussion, not specifically about ODIs but about the mix of formats within the calendar.”
Allardice claimed that the members are fully committed to the FTP and that international and bilateral cricket was as strong as it has ever been. “Each of them has to manage that balance between domestic leagues, their international schedule and the management of their players. Each of those boards is in a slightly different situation. So there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to that balancing problem.” he thought.
One of the points of discussion is whether ICC chairman Greg Barclay will stand for re-election and the New Zealander said he is a contender. “Yes, absolutely true. The term ends in November and I am eligible for another two-year term and I am available for the term if the board wants to re-elected me,” said Barclay.
There has been much speculation about the next chairman and it will be decided whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is drafting a candidate or who to support for the position. The election will be in November and, unlike in the past, the election will be decided by a simple majority.