ICC downplays threat to one-day format after criticizing ‘unsustainable’ schedule | Cricket News


There was speculation that a reduction in the 50+ format would be used to make the cricket calendar more sustainable; England Tests captain Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket earlier this month due to the intense schedule

Last update: 07/27/22 2:10 p.m.

Ben Stokes pulled out of the one-day format and blamed his decision on the “unsustainable” schedule.

The ruling International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday played down threats to the game’s 50-overs format and said a “healthy” number of one-day internationals would be played in the 2023- 27.

The proliferation of lucrative domestic T20 leagues has tightened cricket’s already hectic schedule.

The congested cricket schedule has come into sharp focus since Ben Stokes’ retirement announcement, where he said the “unsustainable” schedule was a major factor in his decision to quit the 50 plus game.

It wasn’t just Stokes who sacrificed the ODI format as earlier this month South Africa scrapped their ODI tour of Australia as they clashed with the launch of their domestic T20 league, boosting their chances to qualify directly for next year’s World Cup in India.

ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice said the structuring of the game’s three formats was discussed at the governing body’s annual general meeting in Birmingham, where the 2023-27 Future Tours (FTP) program has been finalized.

Ben Stokes gets a standing ovation from fans as he leaves ODI cricket for the last time in his career.

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Ben Stokes gets a standing ovation from fans as he leaves ODI cricket for the last time in his career.

Ben Stokes gets a standing ovation from fans as he leaves ODI cricket for the last time in his career.

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

“Countries have, in their FTPs (future touring schedules), still schedule a good number of ODIs as well.

“So in the FTP, I don’t think you’ll see a significant change in the number of ODIs or the proportion of ODIs as expected.”

Australian Test batsman Usman Khawaja said one-day cricket was “slowly dying”, while former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram called the format a “drag”.

Former England captain Eoin Morgan said he was

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Former England captain Eoin Morgan said he was “a bit surprised” by former team-mate Ben Stokes’ retirement from ODI cricket and that his decision should be a wake-up call for cricket administrators.

Former England captain Eoin Morgan said he was “a bit surprised” by former team-mate Ben Stokes’ retirement from ODI cricket and that his decision should be a wake-up call for cricket administrators.

Allardice admitted that some members paid “special attention to their domestic leagues”, but insisted that their commitment to international and bilateral cricket was “as strong as it has ever been”.

“Each of them has to manage this balance between domestic competitions, their international calendar and the management of their players,” he added.

“Each of these boards is in a slightly different situation, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this balancing issue.”

ICC President Greg Barclay also acknowledged that franchise-based leagues are growing rapidly.

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

Watch the first T20 international match between England and South Africa, from Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Wednesday. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. with the first ball at 6:30 p.m.




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