The future of ODIs June 21, 2010

'ODI cricket will grow stronger' - Lorgat

Cricinfo staff

Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of the ICC, has reaffirmed his faith in the ODI format, expressing optimism over its future given its ability to draw big crowds and generate sizeable viewership. Lorgat said the ICC, together with member boards, would continue to experiment with changes to the format that would make it more appealing. He was speaking on the eve of the 3000th ODI, to be played in Southampton, incidentally, by the same two teams that inaugurated the format in 1971 - England and Australia.

"That game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was arranged on very short notice after a Test match had been washed out and nobody was really sure what would happen," Lorgat said. "When around 46,000 people showed up to watch I think the organisers realised they were on to something big. Since that day it has been hugely successful and we have been treated to some of the great moments of cricket through ODIs."

The first three World Cups, beginning with 1975, were 60-overs-a-side tournaments while the ones that followed were all 50 overs. The game, over the years, has undergone significant changes but without altering the basics of cricket, Lorgat said. "That first ODI nearly 40 years ago involved the bowling of 40 eight-ball overs per innings and the structure of the game has been constantly evolving ever since. Over the years various initiatives have been trialled and refined and we now have quite a different spectacle to the one that was first on show.

"Coloured clothing, white balls, fielding restrictions, bowling limitations, Powerplays, free-hits and many other aspects of the game have all been introduced but the unmistakable and unshakable core skills required by batsmen, bowlers and fielders are still intact.

"And the broad appeal remains strong. ODIs still attract big crowds and enormous television viewing figures. The ODI series between England and Australia that gets underway tomorrow will be hugely well-attended and the recent ODIs in Ireland and Scotland were also sell-outs."

Cricket Australia recently announced it would experiment with a split-innings one-day format in the country's next domestic season. Lorgat said the "evolution" of one-day cricket would continue to make it relevant to changing times. "As we prepare for the 10th staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka next year, the importance of this format to the game remains very high," he said. "I have no doubt the ODI will continue to adapt and evolve - in fact we always encourage our Members to trial new initiatives at domestic level to see if they work - and above all, I have no doubt the ODI will continue to strengthen long into the future."

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  • Luke on June 26, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Just an idea, 40 over one day cricket like what we have in England county cricket. Crowds have gone up, the games are more of a lottery as while the teams still play a good length one day game an innings is finished in around 2 and a half hours and a whole match is finished in under 6 hours, day games don't start till about 2 in the afternoon (even though i think that's a bit to long) and day/night games don't start till 4:45pm.

  • santhosh on June 24, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    while there is no denying that four innings limited over matches would provide entertainment of a different kind, it would be unfair to say 50 over matches are no longer exciting. the icc only needs to look at some memorable matches and individual performances to ascertain whether odi's should be replaced or not. tendulkar's sharjah innings, the 1999 semifinal between australia and south africa, some (most) of michael bevan's inning, steve waugh's hundred in the 1999 super six match are the kind of events that could be enacted only in 50 over matches. 50 over match is the only format that allows a team to come back after an ordinary 'first' performance. a team that sets a target of 4.5 to 5 runs an over is still not out of the match.

  • Mihir on June 22, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Well ODI world Cup in Sub Continent .Will be a flop show expect for home teams.. look at the rates of New Zealand Vs Canada match.Why would someone pay that much to watch a game which wouldn't even last of 80ovs. ODI need revival..400Picthes are good but then again bowling has to take a toll. WorldCup should be in England as it as many migrants from all over the world who can support their team. Canada Vs Kenya match in England will get good crowd than it is played in India or SouthAfrica. And other matches will be also full..Empty stand don't make world cup attractive..Learn from FIFA. Even a small nation like Honduras and poor country like Ghana bring in good crowd.. increase teams in t20 to 16.. Look at meaning less Asia cup. They should have had Asia cup T20 with 6 or 8 nations that would have been more interesting..Game needs to globalize. England can bring crowds for Ireland,Holland,Kenya,Srilanka,Bangladesh,West Indies..Not to mention India Pakistan crowd can out number English

  • Simon on June 22, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Split innings is the best idea yet. I have thought this way for over 4-5 years. The game will take on a remarkable shift in strategy and play if we look at the worse final wc match sri lanka vs aust 07 in a split innings it would have looked like this.

    Aust Ovr 20 149/0 Gilchist 101* Haydn 38* RR 7.09 SRL Ovr 20 124/2 Jaywadn 1* Jayasuya 55* RR 6.20 we all know how the game ended, however based on this split you would say Aust is in the dominate position but you wouldnt rule out sri lanka chances both teams have used the same time of day and the same condition of the pitch which was really telling for many teams throughout the WI wc a split innings can give some balance to this.

  • Rajasundram on June 22, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    The World Cup show be 50 overs, between the 8 best teams - split into two groups of 4, with semi-finals and final. The 7th to 12th ODI ranked teams should play in a pre-tournament with the top 2 qualifying for the World Cup. May the world Cup a Prestigious event. Have more team (say 16) playing in the T20 and other events - but the WORLD CUP MUST REMAIN the CROWN JEWEL of the ICC. Siva from Singapore

  • Michael on June 22, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    The more I hear about what the administrators think these days, the more out of touch I feel I am. I don't believe in 'tinkering' for the sake of tinkering, and I don't believe in always seeing bat dominating ball. I believe the reason sport is popular is due to the contest and drama involved, and the reason people are turning off ODIs is because there have been 3000 in 40 years (in addition to Test matches and domestic competitions played all year round), and the number per year has been increasing in the last 20 years or so. So many matches are meaningless - no wonder people lose interest. Gimmicks are not going to work long-term to bring people back, you need to look at why people enjoyed it in the first place. I hate the idea being pushed at the moment with the 4 innings ODI, with the reason that people don't want to see their team bowling. Bowling is a vital part of the game and should be encouraged and promoted. Warne, Akhtar, Steyn, Ambrose were/are compelling viewing!

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    if he wants to split ODI into 2 innings format, then he can also try that with his wife .. make his life more exciting by divorcing his wife and again remarrying. if his life becomes more exciting then hes most welcome to implement the change

  • Towfiqur on June 21, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    A novel idea: I think there is too much tampering with one day cricket and not to mention the excess number of internationals between similar teams. One consideration that was never put forward was to add the draw back into one day internationals. So in a 50 over game wickets dont seem to matter in the end result. In test cricket however if the wickets are not taken then a side cannot win the match. What I would like to suggest is a format where a side needs to take more wickets than the other team if the runs for one team is less than the other. This should work because you get the possibility of the excitement towards the end of a tense test match draw into one day cricket with less climax though because its only in one day. Therefore all powerplays and field restictions should be the way it was before.

  • Binks on June 21, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Evertytime i think about 2011 worlc cup..i just think and amaze about the intelligence of the guy who made the format....meaningless 1 month of 8 teams to progress to round 2 are learn by heart to me

  • P on June 21, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Mr. Logart:

    Stop experimenting with cricket. The more ICC experiments with cricket the more I lose interest in the game. After over 5 years of T20 cricket, I still don't have any faith in T20 game. Unless your objective is to make cricket a sports entertaintment game like WWE, it is best not to fiddle with the format. If anything, I would suggest promoting fairness and professionalism in existing formats than creating new formats.

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