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Swann wants ODIs scrapped

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November 26, 2011

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Graeme Swann struck twice in his opening over, England v India, 4th ODI, Lord's, September 11, 2011
Graeme Swann is currently the No. 3 bowler in ODIs © Getty Images
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Graeme Swann, the England offspinner, has said he would favour a scrapping of one-day international cricket to ease the congestion in a packed fixture list but doesn't expect many supporters for his controversial idea.

Swann, who is currently the No. 3 bowler in ODI cricket and reached the top spot during the English season, admitted he prefers Test and Twenty20 cricket but has no plans to quit the 50-over format in the near future. Although he is 32, being a spin bowler means that Swann has a realistic chance of being part of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand should he want to continue that long.

"I think one-day cricket will have to give at some point, hopefully for everyone," Swann told BBC Sport. "I don't think that game should carry on for much longer. For me it's not as enjoyable to play in. I think Test cricket and Twenty20 are the way forward for cricket."

Swann managed just two wickets in four one-dayers on England's tour of India during October but has been a key part of the limited-overs team since returning to the side in 2007 and has taken 90 wickets in 64 matches with a career-best of 5 for 28. He has recently filled in as Twenty20 captain in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad.

"We do play too much cricket and if something had to give my choice would be 50-over cricket, or make it 40-over cricket or something," he added. "But that's a purely personal choice. I don't think many people agree with me. I think I will finish [playing] before any changes take place so I will carry on playing whatever they put in front of me."

Swann also added that the postponement of the Test Championship until at least 2017 was "disturbing" and said that for England the five-day game is rated higher than the Champions Trophy, an ODI competition, which will now be played in 2013 as scheduled.

Earlier this week David Collier, the ECB chief executive, insisted the English board remained committed to making the Test Championship a reality. "It is common knowledge that we were the main advocates for the Test Championship and we still believe in that very strongly," he said

England are currently the No. 1 ranked team in Test and Twenty20 cricket but have struggled to rise above mid-table in the 50-over format. They exited the 2011 World Cup at the quarter-final stage and although they beat India and Sri Lanka during their home season they were whitewashed 5-0 in India.

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Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 30, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

I have yet to see a T20 game live or televised that was a real nail-biter, like todays ODI between Ind and WI, but I'm not calling for T20 to give way. I think test cricket is facing a huge challenge because whilst there are full houses in Eng and Aus other grounds in the rest of the world are nowhere near full capacity. In particular the two recent games at Eden Gardens (ODI v Eng and test v WI) were concerns as the stands were empty something that was unimaginable a couple of years ago. I think the priority should be to address the issue of empty stands at test matches than whether 50 over should become 40-over etc.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 30, 2011, 0:28 GMT)

@ Shan156 I'm all for players / fans exressing their opinion and having sensible debate but what I struggle with is the 'hopefully for everyone' part. Swann states he doesn't enjoy the ODI game and fair play to him but he also seems to be speaking on behalf of everyone else. If for a lot people, myself included, test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket then ODIs must surely be the next tier. There are enough cricketers to ensure that all 3 formats can survive but currently T20 is where the money is and therefore most players want to play this eg Jimmy Anderson recently expressed an interest in playing in the IPL so we end with most of the same players playing all 3 formats and no I'm not highlighting Jimmy because he's an Eng player.

Posted by IPSY on (November 29, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

I write on behalf of the majority of cricketing fans the world over. I would like the owner of this blog deliver our message to Mr Swann or to the English Press: I guess that Mr Swann cannot get over the ODIs 5;Nil Whitewash hiding that he received from the Indians in India recently; so he is scapegoating ODIs. Cricket is played for the entertainment of the fans. We pay by whatever means is devised to see it. The cricketers like Mr Swann are paid to play. We love all the forms of cricket, especially test matches and ODIs; hence, we want to have ODIs played as regularly as is possible. If Mr Swann does not like it, all he has to do is to just retire from playing it. His sole dislikeness for it should not mean the rest of us must agree to put an end to its existence! He is not the first spin bowler to be roughed up by the subcontinent batsmen - even the Great Shane Warne found out how harsh the blade of the bats of Sidu, Azharuddin, Tendulkar, etc were. That's their 'turf'. They love it

Posted by JG2704 on (November 29, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney on (November 29 2011, 13:47 PM GMT) re your go at Randyoz and "If you can't ever give any credit to any England player, why should anyone take your criticism seriously?" - ANSWER - I don't think anyone really does.

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 29, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

JG2704- Well that's trash talking by those fans,with present form and well organized team, thought that England will be thrashed is a joke ,we all know that.Coming to core issue i agree with you that instead of playing 8 ODIs(5 in India and 3 in Eng) easily a two test match series could have been played, that's why i gave example of India -Aus.Once the result of bilateral ODI series is decided ,those extra ODIs can be scrapped which become meaningless after result is decided,especially when prestigious tournaments like World cup and Champions trophy are present to judge which team is the best.That can be one way of reducing number of ODIs without disappointing the fans.

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 29, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

JG2704- Well that's trash talking by those fans,with present form and well organized team, thought that England will be thrashed is a joke ,we all know that.Coming to core issue i agree with you that instead of playing 8 ODIs(5 in India and 3 in Eng) easily a two test match series could have been played, that's why i gave example of India -Aus.Once the result of bilateral ODI series is decided ,those extra ODIs can be scrapped which become meaningless after result is decided,especially when prestigious tournaments like World cup and Champions trophy are present to judge which team is the best.That can be one way of reducing number of ODIs without disappointing the fans.

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 29, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

JG2704- Well that's trash talking by those fans,with present form and well organized team, thought that England will be thrashed is a joke ,we all know that.Coming to core issue i agree with you that instead of playing 8 ODIs(5 in India and 3 in Eng) easily a two test match series could have been played, that's why i gave example of India -Aus.Once the result of bilateral ODI series is decided ,those extra ODIs can be scrapped which become meaningless after result is decided,especially when prestigious tournaments like World cup and Champions trophy are present to judge which team is the best.That can be one way of reducing number of ODIs without disappointing the fans.

Posted by WeeBee on (November 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

hehe! .. The basic reason SWANN wants it because England can never improve their ODI performance, They are low in ranking in ODI and this spinner thinks that he can get away with it ......

Quite stupid of you Mr . Spinner

Posted by   on (November 29, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

oh, ok! Basically he wants ODIs to be scrapped, but he wants to continue playing ODIs...I just don't get it :O

Posted by brittop on (November 29, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

CRICINFO obviously wanted this article to create a great storm. They headlined it "Swann wants ODIs scrapped", but the quote him as saying "We do play too much cricket and IF something had to give my choice would be 50-over cricket, or make it 40-over cricket or something" which is not the same thing at all!

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