Changes to one-day cricket

ICC to watch split-innings experiment

Andrew McGlashan

June 15, 2010

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Haroon Lorgat addresses the media in the aftermath of the Delhi fiasco, New Delhi, December 28, 2009
Haroon Lorgat: 'At international level I don't hold the view that the format is as challenged as it is at domestic level' © ICC
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The ICC will be keeping close tabs on the experiment of split-innings one-day cricket in Australia next year but Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive, remains confident that the 50-over format can continue in its current guise for one-day internationals.

Last week Cricket Australia announced that they will trial the new structure in the Ford Ranger Cup during the 2010-11 season whereby the matches are divided into four 25-over innings. There remains a strong feeling that one-day cricket has to change to survive in the wake of Twenty20 now dominating the landscape and the 50-over format has already been ditched for domestic cricket in England and South Africa.

The 2015 World Cup, set for Australia and New Zealand, is being seen as a potential changing point for one-day cricket and Lorgat didn't rule out that a new structure could be in place.

"We haven't talked about changing that format," he told Cricinfo's Switch Hit podcast. "We will see how the 2011 event unfolds and I'm very confident that you will see an excellent World Cup which means we wouldn't tamper with it for 2015, but it's something we will be open-minded about. Let's see how the domestic trials go, let's see how the World Cup goes and then we can take a view on it."

Australia will begin the trials once the international players have left for next year's World Cup which will be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. At a lower level split innings have been used in English second XI this season and, despite Lorgat's confidence over the international game, if 50-over cricket continues to be lost from domestic cricket it would only seem a matter of time before ODIs also evolve.

"Whilst we are trialling these things at domestic level we are still quite confident that 50-overs at international level will survive," Lorgat added. "What we probably need to be focussing on is the context in which it is being played, the quantity of 50-over matches and when it is scheduled. At international level I don't hold the view that the format is as challenged as it is at domestic level.

Lorgat added that any new structure for ODIs would need considerable time to bed in before it was used for a World Cup. "We've always been mindful of giving players sufficient time to become accustomed to whatever changes we might make.

"We have been encouraging members to look at tweaks or fundamental changes to the 50-over format so we can see how it works out and whether it would be something we would be interested in picking up for the international format, so I'm very keen to see how it all unfolds in Australia."

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Posted by AARON.IFTEKHAR on (June 21, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

I like the idea of split innings 50 over matches, with 10 wickets-a-side. I think we also need of split innings T20 Cricket, with 10 overs 10 wickets per team for more dynamic cricket.

Posted by enigma77543 on (June 20, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

Well,there seems to be a little confusion about how these 4 inns are going to be played, some people are saying it's 10 wickets per side PER MATCH while some are saying it's 10 wickets per side PER INNG (20 wicket in total like in Tests) I'd be ok with the former & I'm sure it'll make ODIs more interesting to watch,may be they should give the reigns to the captains & say either captain,fielding or batting,can call the 1st inngs off between say 15-40 overs & invite the other team to bat/bowl & so on,it'll be very interesting but if they're talking 10 wickets per side PER INNINGS then that'd worst thing to have ever happened to this game (apart from 20-20s of course) because that'd mean more 20-20s & messing up the game even more, I'm sure then they'll somehow also come up with an idea to turn Tests into some sort of 20-20 resembling format to satisfy the freaking BASEBALL fans who only like to see the ball getting smacked around,yes,it'd be baseball then not Cricket for sure

Posted by sunilvaidya on (June 19, 2010, 7:14 GMT)

splitting odi into 25-25 overs is a silly idea. i am sure it will die like that innovation of super sub. that was a silly change and died quickly and splitting the odi idea is also going to prove silly. there will be more questions than answers if this change is made. what are you going to do if there is rain interruption? already in current state of odi there is a lot of uncertainty when there are only 2 innings. if there are 4 innings to be considered it is only going to increase the headache. already duckworth lewis system is being criticized. the 4 innings concept is only going to add to the difficulties in case of rain.

Posted by Geordie613 on (June 18, 2010, 13:47 GMT)

I like the idea of split innings 50 over matches, with 10 wickets per team. would they use a new ball for each segment? Perhaps the batting captain could choose anywhere between the 20th and 30th overs to break, and start bowling? How about being able to use substitutes for the 2nd innings? (Anyone remember the substitute experiment in the Nissan shield in SA?) It sounds juicy...

Posted by   on (June 17, 2010, 22:03 GMT)

@sunilvaidya - Of course, the first team will not bat again as they have already won the match. This does not pose a problem for regular ODIs between 2 teams. But it can pose a problem in tournaments like world cups. Several questions will arise as to how to calculate the net run rate for the two teams.

Posted by TikoloFan on (June 17, 2010, 8:56 GMT)

T20 & 3-day Tests (1 innings per team) are future of the game!

Posted by sunilvaidya on (June 17, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

if one side makes 160 for 4 in 25 overs and the other side gets all out on 102 in 25 overs what is to be done in such case? will the first side continue to bat the rest of 25 overs? that would be meaningless as the result is already known. and if the first side does not bat then it is equivalent to the first side declaring the innings closed after 25 overs.

Posted by Navin84 on (June 17, 2010, 6:07 GMT)

Splitting the ODI into 4 inninngs just won't work out. Nothing is wrong with the ODI as it is, it should remain but reduce the amount of it which is being played. However, i would love to see a new format (the 4th) of the game whereby it is slipt into 4 innings of 25 overs each like Test match where one team would have 20 wickets. They can call it "TEST ODI" or "ODI TEST". What do my fellow cricket lovers think?

Posted by oldmanofsea on (June 16, 2010, 21:55 GMT)

To all those who think that the change should not be introduced, why dont you think of some arguements to support your pleas. If you feel one day cricket is very interesting as it is, please explain how split innings cricket will make it any less interesting. And please, for the love of God dont all shout out about one day cricket becoming a 20-20 slog fest. If you do, YOU HAVENT UNDERSTOOD SPLIT INNINGS CRICKET and YOU WILL BE MAKING FOOLS OF YOURSELF.

So, dont just sit there and say one day cricket should not be tampered with. Once in your life, use your heads and try to come up with some arguements.

Posted by oldmanofsea on (June 16, 2010, 21:46 GMT)

Oh yes, Sachin is the only person who will be allowed to bat twice. This is the only thing the ICC has confirmed regarding the format. All the other players will be allowed to bat only once. But hey, Sachin is Sachin. In fact, I believe that he will be allowed to bat 4 times in test matches from now onwards.

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