Australian news June 9, 2010

Cricket Australia considers new 40-over format

Cricinfo staff

Cricket Australia is considering introducing a completely new limited-overs format as soon as next season, in what could be another nail in the coffin of the 50-over game. The Australian has reported that the CA board will this week discuss a domestic tournament of 40-over games, with each team to bat for two innings of 20 overs.

In effect, the format would resemble two Twenty20 matches played back to back, although wickets lost and runs scored would accumulate over the full 40 overs. The existing 50-over FR Cup is likely to be played at the start of the upcoming Australian summer with the new competition, if approved, set to take place in the new year.

Such a move would raise questions over the future of the World Cup, with England and South Africa already having reduced their domestic limited-overs tournaments to 40 overs. Making the change so close to next year's World Cup could also rob some players of practice in the 50-over format, although Australia's ODI team will continue playing the longer games.

"We're certainly concerned about that, there will need to be some thorough discussion, obviously quite quickly since we're talking about next season," Darren Lehmann, the president of the Australian Cricketers' Association, told AAP. "We're happy they're talking about reviewing the game and improving it, as far as how far they go, that has got to be discussed at length.

"Maybe reducing the overs to 40 per side is not a bad start, whether we can do two 20 over innings is something we need to discuss. My personal preference is to go to 40 overs per side, but I'm open to all ideas to improve the game."

While Cricket Australia are reluctant to discuss the idea in detail, a CA spokesman said there was no reason to be concerned ahead of Australia's World Cup defence. "Our view is that you can change the domestic format without affecting preparations for the World Cup," the spokesman said.

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  • Keith on June 15, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    It's so refreshing to see such high spirits expressed around the cricket! Let us keep a bit of perspective about ODIs, which were born in a mixture of accident (one day left in an otherwise washed-out Test) and controversy (Australia's late, great Kerry Packer). There is nothing sacred about the format (remember 60 overs a side?). There was and is nothing especially "cricket" about ODI cricket -- "Just one innings a side? What room for strategy in that?" ODIs happen to be very popular in India, but then so is T20 now. What's wrong with creating a new sort of game by blending elements of Tests and T20? If traditional ODIs can survive, of course they will. But if not, cricket will go on, and Test cricket may well be a significant beneficiary of the new mid-length format. As for player quality, athletes always seem to be able to bring something new and get something out of whatever format comes along. Remember how T20 was supposed to be the graveyard of spin bowling?

  • VENKATACHALAM on June 11, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    I have been a great admirer of the way australian cricket has been run over these years, with quality of cricket rather than commerce, being given the top priority. But ever since the success of the Big Bash last season, the direction which the australian cricket board is taking should be of great concern to the cricket lovers. Any dilution in the standard of first class four day game, due to the increase in T20 games through the Big bash and splitting of ODIs into two halves, will definitely lead to erosion of the quality of cricketers coming into the national team. ACB will do well to remind themselves, that the reason for Australia's dominance of world cricket for the last 15 years has been the strength of their domestic cricket.

  • Makwena on June 11, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Go ahead CSA,CA and ECB destroy 50 over game. First it was T20 which for me i think is about money as it is threat to our beloved Test cricket. Leave 50 over as it is and play more test cricket.Go ahead show them RSA soccer team.

  • Chris on June 11, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    A 40 Over game with each team to bat for two innings of 20 overs is ludicous . What values are player`s going learn on there wicket as a batsman - NONE It`s with these ideas that will kill Test Cricket - Trying to turn or great game more into something like baseball .. If your to play a 40 over format with a split at the 20 over mark then the values should stay the same , not turn it into a mini Test Match on steriods as all areas of the skills of players will become lost . The 50 over format just needs alittle more tinking to be done , maybe extend the power plays . Especially the 1st compulsory 10 overs , extended it too 15 etc Or even return to the days of 25 overs per interval so both teams have to bat & bowl in daylight & at night ..Also using a ball at each end & scrap the 34 mandatory over change of the ball . All 1 day formats can be tinkered with but don`t completely destroy there values or the values of the game of cricket within itself

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    please don't revise the 50 over format into 40 overs per side.All these things are useless.50 over should stay where it is.And T20 should b cricket is 50 overs and test cricket only.

  • ankur on June 10, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I really don't know what's the fuss? CA has amended the regulations of its domestic competition as per its needs...

    Whats need for such debate world over? ODI's must remain at 50 overs a side and for those who don't have patience to play or watch-it must stick to T20.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Why not have two innings of 25 overs and have it spread over two days ? This way, both the fans and the traditionalists at ICC will be happy. Day one for fans of "New Ball and Textbook shots" Day two for fans of "Old ball and Slog shots"

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    This is a good idea. But I would stay away from innovations like Follow-On in this format.

  • Billy on June 10, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    The next step is to dump 50 over cricket forever and have two forms of the game. T20 and test cricket. This would clear up a lot of the international scheduling issues that we are currently seeing. It will also stop the Indians putting forward those useless one-day international tournaments and actually playing some long test match series (yes, 5 or 6 test matches series, not the usual 2 or 3).

  • iftakhar on June 10, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    Instate of having 40/40 cricket we can change test cricket format by introducing 75 over's an inning.

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