Quinton de Kock said playing all three formats will be difficult for players with a busy cricket schedule ahead of them. De Kock also said that players should make their own decisions regarding which formats they will play continuously in the future.
The debate over a busy cricket schedule and the existence of the ODI format has continued with the retirement of Ben Stokes ODIs recently. Several former cricketers like Wasim Akram had suggested that the ODI format be removed altogether.
South Africa took on England in the ODI decider on Sunday. Quinton de Kock played a brilliant shot but the rain spoiled the game and the match was abandoned as a result. De Kock also shared his views on the increasing workload for players, saying it has become very difficult to play in all three formats given the busy schedule.
“It’s going to start to be difficult for the players, three formats is a lot and it looks like more games are going on the schedule. The players have to make decisions individually and if they feel they can do it ( playing Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals), I’m happy for them. But the guys have to make their own decisions. For me, I’m happy where I am,” said De Kock during the presentation after -match.
De Kock has already drawn the curtain back on his Test career, but he did brilliantly in limited overs. The southpaw has 5774 ODI runs at 46.19 including 17 centuries. He also has 1863 T20I races to his name in 63 rounds. De Kock said ODI has a future as it always features players who are hungry to win the World Cup.
“The game (over 50) is doing well with the way the players are going about it and with batting and bowling competitiveness. There is a future for that and a lot of us still want to win World Cups over 50,” he explained.
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