Howzat: Why One-Day Cricket Must Be Given Out
Shane Warne wrote in The Times today (Aug. 17 2009) an article outlining a six-point guide on the future of cricket.
One of the former Australian leg spinner's ideas was the end of international and domestic one-day cricket matches (40, 45, and 50 overs).
With Test matches still enjoying healthy crowds and with the huge popularity of 20 Twenty, it seems the original form of short cricket is struggling to compete.
Warne stated that, domestically, if counties played only four-day games in the County Championship and 20 Twenty games at the weekend it would allow players to improve their game and give them a chance to spend more time with their families.
Nobody can argue with that logic.
When 50 over cricket first started in England, as the old Sunday League, it caused quite a stir amongst the purists of the game.
Since then, the game in England has been changed more times than one would care to imagine. Nearly every season the ECB comes up with a new idea or a new approach.
But its current guise as Pro 40 attracts the fewest fans out of all the domestic tournaments, which include the 20 Twenty Cup, the County Championship, and the Friends Provident Trophy.
Internationally, there is a constant outcry from players, match officials, and coaches about congested schedules expected to be undertaken by the nations of the ICC.
Scrapping One Day Internationals (ODI’s) would give teams weeks of spare time to improve their players’ games.
It is extraordinary to think that when this thrilling Ashes series draws to a close at the Oval next week, England and Australia will still have to play seven ODI's over a period of a month.
Warne insists that 20 Twenty can act as the revenue stream for cricket, while Test matches continue to push players to their limit.
The Aussie is a smart man to listen to; after all, he has witnessed firsthand the magnitude of the Indian Premier League, which is one of the world’s highest grossing sports tournaments, worth an estimated $1 billion.
He has also played hundreds of tests for Australia, taking over 300 wickets.
The advent of One-day cricket was a novel idea back in the late '90s but it has now run its course, following the introduction of 20 Twenty.
And if Test cricket and 20 Twenty are to coexist and flourish in the decades to come, then One-day cricket must be sent to the pavilion for good.
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