International Cricket Council plays down threat to ODI format | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The ruling International Cricket Council (ICC) played down threats to the game’s 50-overs format on Wednesday and said a “healthy” number of one-day internationals would be played in the cycle 2023-27.
The proliferation of lucrative domestic T20 leagues has tightened cricket’s already busy schedule and versatile England Ben Stokes attributed his shock retirement from ODI to an “unsustainable” schedule.
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 of qualifying 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 Future Tours program (FTP) 2023-27 has been finalized.
“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 always, in their FTPs, programmed 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 “dying a slow death”, while former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram called the format a “drag”.
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.
“Each of these boards is in a slightly different situation, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this balancing issue.”
president of the ICC Greg Barclay recognized franchise-based leagues were 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.

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