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40-over format in ODIs? ICC snubs radical proposal to make ODI format entertaining

40-over format in ODIs? ICC snubs radical proposal to make ODI format entertaining

ICC ignored radical proposal to change ODI to 40 over formats, refuses to pay heed into changing World Cup and Champions Trophy cycle

New rules for ODI cricket? Will the ICC board is/has/will be surely thinking of the same. As per former New Zealand cricket chairman Martin Snedden, a discussion paper was present in ICC’s Annual meet in Durban last year. One of the key notes in the paper was optimising the ODI format. With 50 over matches pleasing less audiences, there was proposal plans of making it to a 40-over ODI format match.

With the advent of T20 and shorter format games, cricket fans have lost their hunger for ODI matches. While the norm goes ‘Test Cricket is Dying’ there are still fans who follow red ball cricket. The big nations are however, trying to play more Test matches with their claims – The Original Form of Cricket.

But the main concern lies with the 50-over ODI matches. Therefore in a bid to make the ODI format work and be entertaining again, the proposal paper claimed that the matches should be a 40-over format game.

Unsurprisingly enough, ODI rules have changed over the years. Back in the days, ODI matches were played over 60 overs and had lunch breaks between a team’s innings. While these proposals were presented, the ICC however ‘rolled their eyes’, ignoring to pay any heed.

Among the other proposals, Martin Snedden claimed on how other dedicated windows should be given for T20 Leagues, like the IPL. Adding more to the ODI issues, the proposals claimed how ODI schedules can be made tighter with World Cup and Champions Trophy operating in 2 year cycles.

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