England news November 26, 2011

Swann wants ODIs scrapped

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • on November 29, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    DO NOT SCRAP ODIS PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ LAHORE PAKISTAN

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @RandyOz, it's kinda funny that England are the #1 ranked team in test and T20 cricket yet you can never, ever find anything good to say about them. That does cast a little doubt on your objectivity. You can be an Australia fan and still admit when England do something good you know. I'm quite prepared to acknowledge that Swann is never going to be a great of the game and he may get a bit more attention than he deserves because he doesn't have a great deal of competition when it comes to spin in England. That said, even if you don't agree with the method used in the ICC rankings, he has to have performed reasonably well to have been ranked so high in all forms. If you can't ever give any credit to any England player, why should anyone take your criticism seriously?

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @satish619chandar, of course he has the right to say it. It's his opinion. Does he not have the right to his opinion? Most people seem to have ignored the fact that he says himself that he doubts that many people agree with him, so he is obviously stating a personal opinion. You have every right to disagree, but no right to deny him his opinion.

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (November 29 2011, 12:13 PM GMT) To be fair I think Swann might be going overboard in saying ODI's should be scrapped but with the added T20 format,we either have to scrap that format,scrap the ODI's or scrap test matches or reduce the number of matches in the various formats. Many Indian fans(and I'm not inc your good self)are/were saying that if a test series was played in the subcontinent England'd get thrashed. Well they could have played a 2 or 3 match test series rather than a 5 match OD,1 matchT20 series.England fans by the same token could say that Ind only arranged a OD series as it's the only fmt India could beat Eng at?Personally I'd say there is room for all 3 formats but that tests should not be reduced at the expense of OD or T20s and that OD and T20s should be played in equal measure meaning that ODIs are reduced in order to accomodate T20.Swann has a right to air his views but you're right in that they're his views and not necessarily team Englands

  • CandidIndian on November 29, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    JG2704-Like i mentioned in my previous comment that if ECB has same stand on ODIs as Swann, they can request for more Tests and lesser ODIs from board of other team whenever a bilateral series takes place.Last year both India and Aus boards decided to play 2 tests and 3 ODIs instead of 7 match ODI series.I am not into this war of words between Eng-India fans,but i would like to mention that one of the reasons why people are going overboard on this statement is , there were quite a few statements by Eng players and Andy Flower that they need to and want to do well in ODIs ,even prepare for next World CUP properly,then suddenly after a month or so why Swann wants ODIs to be scrapped.So the point is i think this is just personal view of Swann about this format and it does not reflect view of ECB over playing ODIs, as if we see this from neutral perspective,winning a ODI world cup is huge for fans in Subcontinent ,Aus and SA so its unlikely that ODIs will end.

  • RandyOZ on November 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Swann has to be literally the most overrated spinner of all time. I can see him getting towelled up in the UAE

  • on November 29, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Can anybody think of any other sport that has so many different formats? I love cricket, but I think it is ridiculous to have three formats. It adds to the confusion about the game. Which is the best cricket team in the world? Depends on which format you choose. Which team is the greatest football team at the moment? Spain. See! No confusion. Too many formats, too many conflicting leagues- IPL, Big Bash, ICC, etc. It was MUCH better when it was just tests and county cricket.

  • ukhan on November 29, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Keep ODI's, and take away T20's

  • satish619chandar on November 29, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Players commenting a format should be scrapped is funny.. If u don't want to play in any format, just retire from the format.. Every format has its own fans.. Even Honkkong super sixes has a good fan base.. You don't have rights to say to scrap a format which is liked by many others.. Dont know why Swann is putting his foot at wrong places these days..

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    There really is a lot of garbage being posted here. You would think that Swann had called a press conference and demanded that the ICC abolish ODIs. All he did was offer an opinion, as valid as any other, and then probably only when asked by a reporter. There's a lot of people assuming that it's because England are ranked lower in ODIs that tests and T20 but, even if that is the case, why is that a problem? MS Dhoni recently said that India should prepare pitches that spin on day 1 like it's day 5. Would anyone say that that is not based on India's relative strengths and weaknesses? Should Dhoni retire from all tests not played on spinning wickets? Seriously, if you simply take any and every chance to slag off an opposition player whether you're position makes sense or not then you just look petty and bigoted and noone will take you seriously. If you have a genuine argument, i.e. ODIs should not be scrapped because..., then by all means let us know what it is.

  • on November 28, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    WE DON'T LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE WASTING 5 DAYS, IT'S BORING AND NOT DYNAMIC. WE LOVE ODs & T20s. SAY NO TO TEST CRICKET! NO MORE TEST CRICKET! WE ALL HATE TEST CRICKET!

  • on November 28, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    @Daliya Husseynovna Iftekhar: I agree with your great idea. No need to scrap OD, just split it into 2 innings 25 overs per side, as proposed by little master Sachin. We can keep 5-days classical test, but 2 formats of today's OD is basically useless. For better performances of both teams, T20 can change into 25-25 cricket. Then, we can keep all existing formats of cricket with different values.

  • 5wombats on November 28, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    OMG - Swann makes a typical one-off throw away comment and india goes literally berserk. Mind you - doesn't take much does it? Get a grip. Recently india, like England, have shown a distinct inability to win ODI games away from home. In ODI at least, there is no real difference between india and England - india can beat England in ODI in india and England can beat india in ODI in England. So what? Whats all the fuss about? Maybe ODI should be scrapped - it's a bit of a "so what" experience for a lot of England fans anyway....

  • khurramsch on November 28, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    you should take retirement fron odis why u want to suffer all us who love odis more than tests and t20s?

  • thebigone on November 28, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    i think India are quite happy that they beat eng 5 - 0 in odis in India and would take it over the 4 - 0 defeat in tests in uk. were eng on any given day would take the tests, i think thats their mind set. personally i would take the ashes over the odi wc anytime. if you are a traditionalist in cricket will always be the case. so saying we are the wc winners every piece if ur happy with that good for you. dpk

  • on November 28, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    So Jay_1978 can remember hundreds of Limited Over Internationals! Well done. I struggle to remember more than half a dozen. As for the comment half an hour later that test matches should be 25 overs each, that must be from someone who hates the game. As for those who say that only in England is the LOI less popular, I suppose I imagined the empty grounds in the 2007 World Cup. Which LOIs have produced the drama of the last 2 Test matches - and there have been quite a few other dramatic finishes in recent years?

  • JG2704 on November 28, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (November 28 2011, 09:56 AM GMT) - So if Swann is such a bad player , how come he's ranked in the top ICC top 5 in all 3 formats , or is it that the ICC rankings are only accurate when there are some Australian players up there? @beautiful on (November 28 2011, 10:58 AM GMT) - why would Mr Swann have to do his homework again? T20 is a shortened format which gets the kids interested. It was designed to rejuvenate the sport and you only have to look at how big the IPL is to how big it is over there , although I must admit there's always the danger of overdoing this format. No one's saying it's as important as the test game

  • JG2704 on November 28, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    @only_sehwag - At least yours is an original suggestion. At the end of the day the ICC aren't going to scrap anything on the basis of one player , whether it be Swann,Sachin,Ponting,Gayle , AB, Sanga,Afridi ... whoever. Still it's quite amusing how many fairweather fans are jumping on the bandwagon. "Only because he/England can't play the game" or "Soon he'll want tests scrapped" etc. Maybe some of you could try posting something original/constructive sometime?

  • PiyushD on November 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Swann, you sound like 'The grapes are sour...'

  • on November 28, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Of course ODIs should not be scrapped but outside of the World Cup who remembers individual matches and series or really cares about the result? If offered the chance to swap their recent 5-0 win over England for victory over England in the Test Series in July and August, how many would prefer to keep the ODI result? That's the problem; endless, pointless, meaningless, quickly forgotten ODI Series which are nothing more than a schedule filler for TV Stations and which are now being played in increasingly empty stadiums. Anyone who thinks Test Matches are boring should have watched the last day of the South Africa v Australia Test at the Wanderers last Monday and the last day of the India v West Indies Test at the Wankhede on Saturday. Those days will be remembered and talked about for many years.

  • on November 28, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Swann is right. ODI cricket should be scrapped. In 2012, after the English are blanked by Srilanka, Pakistan and then later by India in test matches, test cricket should also be scrapped. In all likelihood England would also lose T-20 title, hence T-20 would also be scrapped. Swann's has been the most thoughtful of all comments ever posted here.

  • on November 28, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    We are not surprised by Swann's comments, the heat of losing 5-0 to India in ODI series is still showing its effect.

  • indianzen on November 28, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Here is a player who is just a home performer and an occasional performer in australia, speaks as if he is shane warne...

  • beautiful on November 28, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Mr. Swann should scrap T20. This is what is spoiling Test cricket

  • on November 28, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    SCRAP 5-DAYS LONG TEST CRICKET. TEST CRICKET SHOULD BE ONE DAY, 2 INNINGS OF 25 OVERS PER SIDE... SCRAP T20, IT SHOULD BE 25-25 CRICKET... INTRODUCE A NEW FORMAT OF CRICKET FOR ALL ROUNDERS; SUPER 10-10, WHERE EVERY 10 PLAYERS MUST BALL PER 1 OVER.

  • pull2open on November 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I suspect Swann might feel differently, along with a lot of others, if we could devise a way of making ODIs a lot less dull outside the Powerplay overs. Tap the ball down to long on for one, ball after ball after ball .... yawn.

  • beautiful on November 28, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Is Swann head ok. On the contrary I would suggest to scrap T20. This is were the players loose the gem of Test matches. See the result of the last test between IND/.WI where draw from the last ball.And T20 will kill that. Sorry Graham you will have to do your homework again

  • Jay_1978 on November 28, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    I think Swann has given up to see his team in top list of ODI rank. so he decide to give silly statement to scrap ODI format. There is hundreds of ODIs which are memorable for ever. I am agree with ONE4U that Swann should retire from ODI instead of giving statement like this.

  • brittop on November 28, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: Well done you've found one! Now name a classic ODI series.

  • RandyOZ on November 28, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    With someone with as poor a record as Swann and less than 200 wickets in test matches it boggles the mind that people actually care what he says.

  • ONE4U on November 28, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Mr. Swann you better announce retirement from ODIs instead of stating lame excuses of poor performance.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 28, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    @brittop. Lot of them. You will remember Natwest trophy final Vs India in England at least!

  • CandidIndian on November 28, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so is Swann, bashing is not required at all,its a free world so opinions and suggestions should be respected.A while ago Gayle made a statement about test cricket ,that he finds it boring,point is every player and team has different priorities.However if we see practical side of this issue, it very unlikely that ICC will even consider this suggestion from Swann as ODI is cricket is quite famous in subcontinent and also in Australia .I am sure Swann is completely aware of that hence he mentioned that many people wont agree with him.Solution can be, if England find this format boring they can ask for more test matches and lesser ODIs in a series ,it happened last year with India and Aus.Aussies were supposed to play 7 ODIs in India, instead both boards agreed to play two tests and 3 ODIs ,England can do the same.Lastly i dont care about T20 format ,it goes or stays ,does not matter.

  • stalefresh on November 28, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Odi should be 2 innings of 25 over each in world cup. And 2 innings of 20 over each outsid th world cup.

  • Caveman. on November 28, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    A comprehensive test championship appears to be a far-away dream. Therefore, if cricket is to have its own world championship, the next best bet is one-dayers. Sure, they arent as challenging and arduous as the tests, but they sure ask more questions than T20s. Therein lies the true value of one-dayers, and that is exactly why ODIs cant be abandoned. If any of the three formats has to be chopped off from the international format, I would rather see the T20 disappera. But yes, the ICC would do well to bring down the number of ODIs being played each year.

  • brittop on November 27, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    To all those claiming that there are many memorable ODIs, could you name 3 that are outside of a world cup? Only memorable one I can think of is the "438" game. If you can name that many, can you name a classic ODI series? 4 classic test series without even trying: The Ashes 1981 & 2005, Ind v Aus 2001, WI v Aus 1960/61.

  • brittop on November 27, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    @ano786: interesting that you believe T20 is not real cricket, but 50 overs is too long. What makes 40 the best amount of overs? Why is that not "baseball"?

  • yorkshirematt on November 27, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    I don't know where people get this idea that ODIs are "past their sell by date". Obviously sub continent teams and fans love them and they are pretty polular with crowds in Aus, SA even England. ODIs always sell out in England as well as tests which is strange for a country that supposedly doesn't like ODIs. Personally I would sooner see hit and giggle abolished.

  • adhib on November 27, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    I agree with only_sehwag a 35 over game would be perfect as its combining 50 over and 20 over into one perfect game!

  • on November 27, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Just because England is not winning any ODI's you can't ask the format to be scrapped Mr Swann. Better think of a team for the next World cup that's good enough to beat Ireland rather than cribbing about scrapping ODI's.

  • only_sehwag on November 27, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    scrap both T-20s and 50 overs games...instead have 35 over games and test cricket..A 35 over game won't be so short as the T-20's and have something for the bowlers too..It would also test genuine batting abilities unlike the hit-and-forget batting required in T-20s...At the same time it won't take up a full day like the 50 over games...

    T-20's can be played in IPL, CL, Big Bash etc not in international cricket

  • bumsonseats on November 27, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    thebigone. i agree if it was stopped by 31st dec. india could not be top. the aussies would win a trophy as they could not be overtaken. i will donate a cup. will have loads of coloured paper and tinsel left over from xmas to make one. and cricinfo can fly me to aussie land all expences paid. perhaps it will be a while before any awards arrive downunder.dpk

  • agupta429 on November 27, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    @Fahad, Spot on! ODI cricket is the main driving attraction for World cup cricket, not t20 or test championships

  • agupta429 on November 27, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    T20, Swann??? Really? T20 is NOT Cricket. Cricket is a game of patience, planning and adaptation. T20 you barely have time to implement ANY of those.

    Swann, You should be ashamed to call yourself a Cricketer.

    LONG LIVE TESTS AND ODI

  • Patchmaster on November 27, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    I think he actually has a good point. ODI's are the less attractive of the three options, leaving T20 and Test cricket to get all the money and promotion. Seems to make sense to me. Plus developing countries can concentrate on just two forms of the game.

  • spence1324 on November 27, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    @tsubomi pakistan clean sweeping england LOL your team floats from one disaster to another try sorting that out before making such bold statements.

  • thebigone on November 27, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    just as everyone has an opinion on here, thats his. blame cricinfo they are the ones who printed the column. indian supporters who love the ipl and the bcci have added to the heavy workload. if the icc said this should be removed from the cricketing calendar guess who would be up in arms then. for the last 5 years at least the icc have tried to introduce changes to the playing conditions to cut out dull periods with power plays now its 2 bowls in play for 25 over periods what next ?. to me it get rid of it. lets just have tests and t20/20. the last series sa v aus could have had 5 t20 as recovery time could be 2 days. and 3 tests. to me makes perfect sense. and the more i think of it the more i believe thats the way to go. loads of t20s so no team will be at the top for long. win a 5 series of t20s and you could move from 4th to 1 in one go.

  • Shan156 on November 27, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay, your post seems to suggest that Swann has requested the ICC to consider scrapping ODIs. To be fair, that is what the title of the article seems to suggest too. If you dig further into the article, you could infer that Swann was indeed merely stating his preference; that if something has to give, then it has to be ODIs. That is, if the ICC was considering making some changes to reduce player workload then they should consider scrapping ODIs instead of tests/T20s. And, no, it has got nothing to do with the 0-5 defeat in India (which was, btw, expected; the 3-0 win at home against the same opposition wasn't). This wasn't the first time England have lost a ODI series heavily (won't be the last, either). At the same time, I wonder if some people who post in this board watch cricket outside India. England's record in ODIs is not that poor as many seem to suggest - they beat SA, SL and WI both home and away and Ind, Aus, Pak at home in their last bilateral series.

  • on November 27, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    he says that just because england are a rubbish one day team.

  • hhillbumper on November 27, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Indian fans really are an amazing bunch.Lose in tests and they dont matter.Win in World Cup and 50 over cricket is greatest ever.Swann gave an opinion an and suprisingly the views of Indian fans were not top of his priorities.The world does not revolve around India and the fans.

  • on November 27, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    only because England are : 1. not good at it 2. have never won the world cup 3. cannot improve at it 4. cannot seem to win the world cup in the foreseeable future

  • S.Alis on November 27, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    I can see other English players and ECB saying this after series against Pakistan. InshaAllah there will be clean sweep, England ranking might go to 7 or farther down and they will want to get rid of this format once and for all.

    But this is not going to happen unless all test series held in England, Where you get some viewers in the ground. ODI's are cricket big revenue and T20's are almost scrapped, considering every tour has only one or two T20 matches.

  • on November 27, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    ODI cricket is a true reflection of the game, it requires aggression as well as temperament, if it is scrapped, players like ponting, kallis, dravid, chanderpaul, younis, jayawardene would be confined to test cricket only.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on November 27, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Ha.. haa..Why mr swann? is that bcoz u guys are ranked no 6 on ODI table and top on test and T20 but don' t worry by the time you retire u guys will be no 6 on all formats. U r a real joker. Just wait and see how pakistan thrash u in UAE

  • on November 27, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    We know swaan is selfish .if you are not good at something then you oppose it . This is what this dummy SWAAN is . I mean he should think as cricket follower like us. As cricket fan I love ONE DAY cricket. T20 is more of fun then cricket for me . I can not think of cricket with out TEST & ONEDAY . If SWAAN have balls & Guts he should quit ONE DAY cricket right now . But we know he don,t.

  • on November 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    ya Swan, tomorrow when you lose your rating in test cricket, lets scrap that as well

  • on November 27, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    swann wants the ODI to go, because england are NO good at it?? honestly England has nothing to show for as far as ODI is concerned - no wonder he doesn't support it. I understand his concerns on too much cricket - but saying 50 overs matches to scrapped for test and t20 is ridiculous..... smart brits - keep the ones they are reasonable at, no.1 in test and t20 champs currently... and pretty much useless in ODI! good try swanny....

  • LeftBrain on November 27, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I am sure if England or Swann, actually knew how to play and be competitive in ODIs,he would be of different opinion. I am sure he would have wanted tests scrapped too if he was playing in ever-loosing ant bat cant bowl cant field England team of 1980s and 19902 and even early 20000s.........

  • on November 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    yea swan is right, they are most boring one day team in the world. so thats why swan want to stop odi's, . my opinion is to england. give up one day cricket. let other attractive teams play one day cricket,

  • VivGilchrist on November 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Funny how this is England's weakest format. A basic series should be 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s. What's the problem?

  • Aston_Villa on November 27, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Swanny is top spinner and easily one of the best however his opinion about the odis is simply because England are not good enough in this format.it will not be long before they are not the no1 test team. He will then ask to have the tests scrapped and concentrate only on 2020s.

  • on November 27, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Thats because England has never won an ODI world cup, shame.

  • bumsonseats on November 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    carry on the way we are somethings going to give. trust swanny to say the thing the thing that, indians and the aussies would find alarming just as people say england are 6th in that format. but fans of ind/aus would also say that about not playing 50odis. which ever goes something has either to go or drastic consequences will happen. the aussies are lucky with having a plethoro of riches to play any of the formats. but us living in the real world will have to make do. swanny u put ur foot in it again. do u care . not a jot. dpk

  • on November 27, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    i think graeme swann clearly enjoying winning not losing. england have lost so many ODI in past few years but they are good in T20 and Tests. doesnt mean you ask everyone to quite. childish remarks by a spinner.

  • moonfax on November 27, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    ODI matches are great!! Just because one person doesn't approve of them doesn't mean million others should do without the format. All forms of cricket are great in the following order T20 (domestic+international), ODI's (50 overs), 40 over cricket, test cricket.

    Can't get enough of cricket,. maybe just England should pull-out of ODI's, that'll work.

  • on November 27, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Instead of focuisng on his one day bowling Swann is busy giving irrational ideas on how to improve cricket .

  • andrewstrauss on November 27, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Just because it is the one form of cricket England cant play doesn't mean that it should be scrapped.

  • Bilal_Choudry on November 27, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    just cause ur team is no good in this format doesnt mean that format should be scrapped

  • on November 27, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    He wants to scrap it becos it's the only format where they aren't dominating! sooner he'll say to scrap the other two formats. It's only a matter of time before they dislodging from No 1 .

  • wnwn on November 27, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    T20 was invented for people who don't really like cricket. It is more like baseball than cricket. However, the odi's need to be reduced to 40 overs per innings so that they are more convenient to watch in the modern world. This means that they can start at 5pm and finish about 11 pm so that everyone can watch.

  • drtmuthu on November 27, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    its a case of sour grapes for swann

  • JG2704 on November 27, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    To be honest , OD cricket is more important with the subcontinent sides than it is to England and test cricket is more important to us in England. T20 is a format which gets the kids interested in the game so IMO it needs to stay , so to incorporate the T20 games we either have to have less tests or less ODI's. As I said before , maybe Swann should retire from ODI's if he doesn't like the format.

  • on November 27, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    hahahaaaaa Swan has lost it,after england will be thrashed in t20 worldcup,then swaan will call for scrapping of t20 as well & play tests only if he feels so then y does he retire from odis

  • Baundele on November 27, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    ODI cricket was cricket's biggest innovation. It took more than a hundred years to understand that cricket needs some win-loss thing and it is necessary to score runs, not only surviving. Players had to improve their skill in doing so. Swann should pay the due respect to ODI. Your team does not do well in certain format does not mean that you have to try to kill that format.

  • Sinhaya on November 27, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    It is your opinion Swanney but you are no where the likes of Ajmal, Murali or Harbhajan.

  • Bruisers on November 27, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    This comment is made clearly because England are No.1 in both Tests and T20Is, but 6th in ODIs..

  • on November 27, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Lead from example Swann, Retire from this format of the game and mention the same reason.

    Best of luck!

  • on November 27, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Swann is right about one thing: too much cricket is being played in too many different formats, and it's making the sport less meaningful to fans. Why do we need three formats, anyway? What does it prove? Is it three different sports, or just a slight variation of the same thing? Should there be specialists in each format, or should the same players be playing all formats? If so, what is the point of this? A year ago Chris Gayle criticized the continued existence of test cricket and was lambasted for it. But it is clear that T20 has been well received by modern fans, who don't have time to follow 5 day marathon matches anymore. Cricket should move with the times. For international one day cricket we should have ONE format only. Then, tests should be reserved as championship events, played by the best of the best. Maybe one test per year between each test nation, so that they all play each other once - no more endless series, no "Ashes". A test "league". What do you all think?

  • RD270 on November 27, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Good on you Swanny for voicing an honest opinion!

    I fully agree. As a keen cricket nut, I feel ODIs have become too predictable, a number of changes are being brought in (power-plays, two new balls etc) - why? Because the format itself is inherently boring and allows room for negativity.

    Test cricket has no restrictions and still has the most attacking fields, so think about it.

    For the thrill seekers there is T20, for the purists the tests.

    ODIs have run their race. The only purpose they serve is 7 hours of advertising space and plenty of money for the boards...

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on November 27, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Everyone has his/her own opinion. Swann says - "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.

    IMO, I totally agree with him. It has to be made 40 overs....its boring to see consolidation b/n 20-40 overs...sometimes its like test cricket b/n 20-40 overs...By the way, I love test cricket as that is REAL cricket.

    cheers, kumar

  • on November 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I think swanny is right in a sense as i think ICC will change the format of 50 overs to 40 overs or something in coming 3-5 years.......

  • anuradha_d on November 27, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Swann can say what he like to........why should CI publish any such sensation seeking comments?? Unless their intent is to seek sensation

  • pikk0n on November 27, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Best to give up at something you're not good at. Thanks for the message, Swann. I suppose this is the only way England can boast about being the true world no.1.

  • on November 27, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Thats why England have never won a 50 over World Cup! They are the champions of T20 and no.1 in Tests.

  • sangam-cricmaniac on November 27, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    let them loose their world t20 titles next year nd they will want to scrap t20s too.. and ofcourse after a 5-0 drubbing by a second string indian team anyone will want to scrap odis..

  • NaniIndCri on November 27, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    If he does not enjoy playing in ODIs he should not play in them. There are lot of players waiting in the line who enjoy ODIs and give their 100%.

  • Mark00 on November 27, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Best spin BOWLER in the world. Of the chuckers (Ajmal, Singh[!], Hauritz, etc) Ajmal is, by far, the best.

  • jmcilhinney on November 27, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Bobble_Head_Indian, of course you're right. Swann is not the best spinner in the world so he should not be allowed to play cricket. I guess noone else should be allowed an opinion either and not even allowed to play cricket unless they are the best of their type in the world. I guess we'll have a spinner at one end, a seamer at the other, a batsman and a keeper. That's all we need for a game. @firstlane, why don't you stick to those sports then? Test cricket is the real cricket. Test cricket is like chess to the checkers/draughts of limited overs cricket. Fans, myself included, enjoy limited overs cricket but true cricket fans enjoy the fact that test cricket requires significant thinking and great concentration. Most importantly, regardless of the merits of each form of cricket, everyone is entitled to their opinion on them, including Graeme Swann. Most of those criticising would do so regardless of what he said, because their aim is to criticise, not comment objectively.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    I can't stand Swann, but I agree with him. I've been saying the same thing for more than a year. ODIs are dying a slow death. With a more marketable and commercially convenient limited overs format already proving far more lucrative, what's the point of keeping them around? You know you have a problem when you have to tinker with a game's rules every year just to keep people mildly interested in what's going on. Drop ODIs. Keep T20. Spread game to the far corners of the globe. Test cricket remains the pinnacle. The end.

  • drsaadxb on November 27, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Swann has a right to his opinion. But Iam sorry, I disagree , may be its just that England is losing its edge at 50 over format..???, or is it that Swann has lost his ' BITE' , if he had any .. He is truly ' OVER RATED' / Under performing .... british press generated bowler..

  • GeorgeWBush on November 27, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Swann is right about one thing. Cricketers are playing too much. With the IPL, champions league, champions trophy, ODI and T20 world cups and all the bilateral test ODI and T20 matches there is too much cricket going on. I'm glad the test championship was scrapped as that seems to be a waste of time to me. We all know who the best test teams are. The test championship would have been heavily biased by the choice of host. What we need to try to ensure is that when two countries play each other they have their best players on the field so that it is a hard fought contest. It seems very likely that the champions trophy will be scrapped after 2013 when the next tv deal gets agreed. There simply isn't room in the calender for it anymore. I'd like to see the IPL shortened a little to 6 weeks by scheduling more matches per day at the weekends and the champions league needs to be either a true international tournament or scrapped. IPL lite seems pointless.

  • on November 27, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    If u are not able to bowl well in 50 over format ,u should retire from it ..how can u ask for scraping of ODI..

  • El_Toro_Loco on November 27, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    I thinks Swann should be scrapped from all formats of cricket. Over-rated & under-performer bowler. Saeed Ajmal is the best spinner in today's world....Ciao

  • on November 27, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    When your team don't know how to play a particular format, then you wants to scrap the whole format?

  • on November 27, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    If any form of cricket needs to be removed its twenty20, frankly i would rather see it as an international franchise form of the game rather than having another international format for the game. Why not take T20s out of the international calender and just make it a domestic and champions league competition. Maybe have a T20 world cup every four years as well, but thats it.

  • slow.mo on November 27, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    how about scrapping test cricket and keeping ODIs as longer version cricket Mr. Swann? we the fans of other sports think of the 5 day game as a joke.

  • me54321 on November 27, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Swann must remember he's in an interview, and his statements will be reported on as news, and as such even though he makes it clear it's just his opinion and nothing more, he's not going to come out looking too good. My opinion, which is similar to most others is that there are just too many ODIs. Another thing is the modern tendency to make pitches where scores of 300+ is the norm. If it's impossible to get wickets without batsman error, then you are going to get the boring middle overs where bowlers try to keep it tight, and batsmen just tick over with singles and make sure they have wickets in hand. I used to enjoy ODIs 10-15 years ago much more.

  • RSBali on November 27, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Test cricket should be stopped. No one has time except for fans in England. Even Indians have stopped following it.

  • Mannix16 on November 26, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    To be honest, the England play the Ashes way too frequently. The Tests series is always the real duel, but the 7 ODI's after are meaningless even if somebody did get 7 sweeped. Take the 7 form ODI series out of the Ashes and Swann's tone will be different

  • Mannix16 on November 26, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    Lol.... When England become Number 1 in ODIs and 5 in T20s, he will say Scrap T20s, ODI's and Tests are the way to go

  • on November 26, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    It is not what cricketers wants. It is what viewers want. As long as there are viewers, there will be sponsors and commercial partners and not to say players wanting to cash in and perform. If you don't want more money, why deny others. Any sponsor love to expose their message for 7hr rather than 3hr with more focus on cheerleaders dancing bhangra then their message.

  • zico123 on November 26, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    no wonder, considering how pathetic England are in ODIs, obviously they want ODI format to be scrapped. i feel Test cricket and ODI are true format of cricket, T20 is more of entertainment package and not real cricket, ODI format should stay

  • AnotherCricketer on November 26, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Everyone has a right to an opinion. Thus, Maestro Swann opines. Next...

  • ste13 on November 26, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I would agree that tests and T20 should have priority, but to hear it from a member of a mediocre 50 over team, it seems unjustified. Also, as somebody said below - I think England will struggle in India tests next year - then what - tests should be scrapped?

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (November 26 2011, 11:49 AM GMT) - There were plenty (possibly your good self included )who said that England were going to lose badly in the summer series. Fortunately for England we managed to eke out wins in some real cliffhangers.

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    @mrhamilton on (November 26 2011, 09:41 AM GMT) - Absolutely agree with you. Everyone was saying what a shame it was that there was no 3rd or 4th test. Without the ODI's there could have been at least one more test. Maybe Swann is a little OTT with wanting the whole format scrapped but if we're playing T20s - and let's face it , it might not be for the purists but it really does help getting the kids into the sport - on top of the ODI's and tests , then there has to be cuts - as I said in my other post.

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    @roger_harps on (November 26 2011, 09:45 AM GMT) - You are absolutely right. Who is Swann and the cheek of the guy who is only ranked 3rd in the ODI format, 4th in both the other 2 formats , should be intitled to his say.

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    @Chris_P on (November 26 2011, 06:48 AM GMT) - pretty much agree with all you say there. Fair enough OD and T20 is fun to watch and brings the crowds in but to us the test format is the truest format of the game. What I will say is that maybe Swann should make a further stance and retire from the OD game? I must admit after making such a bold statement he's kind of contradicting himself if he continues to play in this format of the game

  • on November 26, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    While reading this I predicted that many people would be saying that he only said to scrap it as England is poor at it. Yawn. He's saying it as it's losing it's appeal and it's played so much! There is a series going on almost the whole time.

    I don't think ODI's should be scrapped but they should stop playing so many! I would of loved to have seen less ODIs in the recent SA AUS series and 1 more test. Would have been far better!

  • ajmal1988 on November 26, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    If anything has to be finished it will be test cricket. It doesn't matter how many ppl watch it in England and Australia, when everyone else doesnt care about the format. People are texting, looking into each other eyes, sleeping and doing other things while a test match is going on. Cricket it fighting with other sports like ice-hockey, football, rugby etc where ppl are very much involved in the game and following it with open eyes. Test cricket is only fun for the geeks (commentators and oldies) and those actually playing the game. PPl came to the wankhede stadium to watch sachin make 100...not to actually watch the game itself. Poor crowds in south africa as well with such a huge series as south africa vs australia is. Lords is not sold out anymore at day 4 and 5. Do agree that 50-overs should be changed to 40-overs.

  • Shan156 on November 26, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @jasonpete, you know and I know that the results in the real cricket was in favor of England and the ODIs that followed were meaningless. If you want proof, see the result of the last ODI series England played against Australia at home - not in 2009, but the 5 ODI series in 2010 which England won 3-2.

  • Shan156 on November 26, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    To all those that claim that England are poor at ODIs: England have won their last bi-lateral series against all countries sans NZ. They have won away series in SA, SL and WI too. Not a great record but certainly not hopeless either. Fact is, they are poor in ODIs in India. Could partially be attributed to the fact that India are that good when playing at home.

  • Shan156 on November 26, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Wonder what these so-called fans think about Dhoni's call for pitches to turn from day one. Would it be due to the fact that Indian pace bowlers are, well, useless?

    Almost every cricket fan in the world would agree that the workload on international cricketers is very high these days. One of these 3 formats must go. Swann, like most Englishmen, prefers test matches (which is real cricket, btw). T20s are the shortest format and don't add to the workload as much. ODIs are neither here nor there. So, that is the one that should go.

    It has got nothing to do with England's performance in any of the formats. Tell me friends, if England are so poor in ODIs, shouldn't India have thrashed them in England too? But, the result was 3-0 in Eng's favor. Some "super smart" Indian fans claim that Swann would call for scrapping of tests after the test series in India next year. To them, try to win the Aus. series first. Remember, you have never won a test series down under.

  • on November 26, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    He will ask to scrap test cricket after touring India next year on spinning tracks ...

  • woodhaven on November 26, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    no one should play 7 ODI series/5 ODI series like india. that ruin the whole spirit. while other countries are suffering to get 1 game per month

  • eccentricHoz on November 26, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    An obvious statement coming from him. They are the No.1 test and T20 sides. So the only facet of their game that is weak should be scrapped. Seriously doubt if he had said the same thing had they won the world cup or were also the No.1 ODI side. Ridiculous!!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Scrap the IPL & Champions League 20-20's - Nowadays everyone is chasing the money!!! No more respect left in the game. ODI have too much history you cant just give it up!

  • rizzz86 on November 26, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    mr. swann, no one is forcing you to play 50 over cricket. The best way to justify your thoughts is to resign from 50 over cricket as soon as you can.

  • on November 26, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Come on guys, don't you still get it? He says so, because Englad are No. 1 in Tests and Twenty20.... In One day rankings, they are languishing at the 6th spot. No wonder, he wants ODIs scrapped. Sore loser that he is... 5-0 loss to India wasn't enough it seems!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    AUSTRALIA,WESTINDIES,IDIA AND PAKISTAN .ALL THE BIG REAL TEAMS WON THE WORLD CUP BEFORE EXCEPT LOWLY ENGLAND.IN NO TIME THEY GON BE AT THE BOTTOM IN 20/20 THEN THEY AINT GOING TO LIKE 20/20 ANYMORE.

  • phoenixsteve on November 26, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Oh dear... I can hear the rest of the world lining up to laugh at such a ridiculous sentiment. When and if England are ever at the top of the ODI rankings - then that is the time for an English player to call for it's scrapping. Otherwise it sounds like sour grapes? Fact is that England aren't very good at ODI cricket and they need to solve this puzzle and crack this format of the game. Next to test cricket ODIs provide a truer representation of the game with T20 being something of a sideshow and not proper cricket. I sympathise with Swanny about the tough schedules though and they are definitely being expected to play too many games. A 5 test match tour with 3 ODIs and maybe 2 T20s seems to be a sensible balance. This is one Englland cricket fan who enjoys ODIs - even we're not that good at them CURRENTLY! Come On England!!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    The reality is that in 10 years or less Test cricket will be played by 6 or less countries and it will only exist as the welfare recipient of T20. I love Test cricket but times arre changing. Test cricket was invented because of the time it took for players to sail on ships that took 4-6 weeks to get to their playing destinations. Test cricket can no longer support itself with in stadium spectators or advertising revenue.

  • 8019543172 on November 26, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    i think swann just understood that england could never lift the 50 over worldcup if they continue to play the way they did.i wont be surprised if he asks for test and subsequently t20s also to be scrapped if they are white washed in any of those format's series'.

  • wambling_future on November 26, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    If he really wants to make a point why doesn't he retire? Nobody is forcing him to play ODIs and without him England can't get worse in ODI because they already are.. so just go away and retire from ODIs...

  • pinhead9810 on November 26, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    I agree, scrap ODIs and Twenty20. Both formats have become the focus for many young players and Test cricket is also at risk. Test cricket is cricket and should be the focus. There are too many ODIs played after test games. Cricket hardly needs ODIs or/and Twenty20 for cricket to survive.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 26, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @Shan156 unconvincing argument. Swann is doing more than stating his preference. He's calling for ODIs to scrapped. Didn't him calling for 50 overs to scrapped after Eng beat both SL and Ind. Typical divide and rule.

  • Robster1 on November 26, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Good common sense from Swann methinks. ODI's are indeed inevitably dying. Can we have an annual test championship, together with all the varying 20/20 tournaments. Two varieties of the gam eis quite enough.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 26, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    If Swann doesn't want to play the 50 over game then don't. If he feels there's too much cricket, the 40 over game can always be scrapped. There are many players who who don't like test cricket but you don't hear them calling to scrap that format. T20 is relatively young and it will never generate the excitement you get such as day 2 at Cape Town between SA and Aus earlier this month or the final hour of the test today between Ind and WI whereas ODIs allow for this type of excitement to build. I wonder if Swann's view would have been / will be different with a successful WC.

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Lol. Attention seeker. As it is Mr. Swann, your team is non existent in ODIs. Ranked 6th. Your team should stop playing ODIs and from embarassing yourself with whitewashes.

  • samincolumbia on November 26, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    England has never won a World Cup and so Swann suggests to get rid of ODI's. LOL. Why he wants T20 over ODI? Because England are the world champs.

    I guess the mauling he received in India with the 5-0 loss was the catalyst for this decision!!

  • SlogSw33p on November 26, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    It's because he lost top spot to Saeed Ajmal lol..

  • on November 26, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Yes, Scrap ODI Becuse england don't know how to win ODI's. If Tomorrow England falls down below rankings than he will say scrap tests as well. ODI are important for upcoming Nations and Countries that want to play and experience Cricket. It Provides a Mini-Test. Grame swann and engish players have lost all the sense and have become completely blind. This is what happens if a naked man gets a piece of cloth. A Little bit of duccess and they don't know how to handle it. Shame Shame!

  • SamRoy on November 26, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    I agree with @ozpenguin that 20/20 is a franchise game and I expect the Champions League 20/20 to be the second biggest tournament after World T20 and IPL being the most hyped league in the world although not necessarily the best.

  • Lion_96 on November 26, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    this debate on formats can be solved in one easy way: reduce the number of ODIs played and eliminate riduclous tri series!!. its tht simple. a bilateral series shud not be be more than 3 ODIs maximum. keep the ODIs! but just limit them! thts all. we can have odi tournaments outside the world cup. but they shud provide sum context. the asia cup is a good example. why dont the three southern hemisphere nations come the tri nations lyk in rugby.

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    I dont think ODIs should be scrapped at all, however there needs to be less ODIs played. ODIs are better than T20. However there should be more international T20s played.

  • bumsonseats on November 26, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    joking aside. there are to many meaingless odis. england go to india for a 5 odis and nothing else. australia go to sa and play odis and t20 but only 2 tests ridculious. we can go on and on. it should be that u can only play twice as many odis/t20s as you play tests, so a 3 test series means you can play 6 odis/t20 games in a tour. so the more tests you play the more 1 dayers it allows you to play the right ratio of test cricket to 1 day cricket, simple. dpk

  • Stos on November 26, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I could get behind this. Now that we have T20 to satisfy hit-and-giggle cricket needs, without tiring the players too much, we can scrap ODIs and replace them with more test matches.

  • Ganesh_shinde on November 26, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @Enlish team:- First learn how to play ODI

  • on November 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Well done to Graeme Swann for saying what true cricket fans - not people who just think ODI and T20 is actually cricket - believe. The ODI format is boring, predicatable and uninspiring, and can never match the drama and nail-biting stuff we saw in Johannesburg last week and in Mumbai today. Any Indian fan on here who seriously believes any form of limited overs cricket is more exciting than those two matches is not a cricket fan, just a prejudiced fool.

  • RijishRajan on November 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    No wonder Swann thinks so....Of late England has not been performing well in One dayers. Its natural for Swann to think the way he does

  • Ramesh_Joseph on November 26, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Unbelievable.. It is One day Cricket which is the bread and butter of cricket today. Except in England very few people turn up to watch Test Cricket. It is ODIs and T20 which are subsidising loss making test matches otherwise Test Cricket would have been dead by now. Let us forget the bygone days. Today Cricket and all sports are competing with other forms of Entertainment for the viewers' attention. How many people in their 20s or 30s follow Test Cricket today? I think eventually it is Test Cricket which is going to die a natural death.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on November 26, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    After some days Swann will start saying that atleast stop ODIs in India because they are not really enjoyable (because ENG cannot win ans Swann cannot perform). @mrhamilton, what do you mean by arrogance? What should we call fans as who say yes to what ever foolish their players say? How could you support Swann even partially? Why don't we stop matches in ENG not because of pitches but because of their bad treatment and sledging which is the main reason for so called game dying?

  • IndiaNumeroUno on November 26, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    "but who really cares about ODI any more?"

    erm... a BILLION more than who can care for any other form of the game :-))

    Seriously.. this guy is supposed to be a spin bowler and how many wickets did he take in India (best spin wickets in the world)?

    With this attitude don't think he will remain in english team for long.

  • cricketisagame on November 26, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @spence1324, when Swann became a great visionary when he cant become a great bowler. He talked so much in the last 3 years that the great spinners like Warnie and Murali not talked in their whole career. He should retire from ODI if he dont like it. Is this an English thing to talk when you dont perform well ?. Indians never said they dont want to play test. I wonder why ECB still wants 5 tests and 7 ODI where as SA Vs Aus is just 2 tests..?? English test team will learn a lesson soon when they tour the subcontinent. Mark my words.

  • SuperStar_XI on November 26, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Yeah ...an English man would definitely think of scrapping ODIs..coz they them selves believe they are not good enough to win the 50 over World Cup...they been trying it since 1975 ...the frustration is showing off ..i thnk if u realy wanna scrap somethng ..then scarp the England team from ODIs ...Ireland wud give a better fight ..2011 WC is the proof ..where they defeated the English side

  • kabe_ag7 on November 26, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Haha. A trip to India does that to you. p.s. I am a fan of Swanny.

  • Gary_111 on November 26, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I kind of agree with Swann - but think we need less, not a total ban. ODI's have been boring and predictable for the last 15 years, its almost impossible to watch an entire game. Partly because there are so many of them. Compare that with the excitement of T20 or the brilliance of Tests (has an ODI ever been as good as the 2 tests we have just been treated to?). The domestic cricket boards ODI's are the cash cow, but ultimately they will turn people off cricket by saturating the market. I would propose a World Cup (shorter format) every 18 months to 2 years, with other ODI series restricted to 3 matches max with points counting in some way towards the upcoming World Cup. The Associate nations should be incorporated more into the fixtures too.

  • on November 26, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    english fans will be having a bit of tough time in coming few months :P

  • Stark62 on November 26, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Why don't you just retire instead?

    We want ODI's and the WC proved that the 50 over game is still alive and kicking.

    See, this is what happens when an overrated bowler is given too much credit!

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @Chris_P on (November 26 2011, 06:48 AM GMT) - pretty much agree with all you say there. Fair enough OD and T20 is fun to watch and brings the crowds in but to us the test format is the truest format of the game. What I will say is that maybe Swann should make a further stance and retire from the OD game? I must admit after making such a bold statement he's kind of contradicting himself if he continues to play in this format of the game.

  • Gizza on November 26, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    If the Poms are so keen on scrapping 50 over cricket (and it is only them, a scan of the comments here and elsewhere on the Cricinfo show Indian, Aussie, Pakistani, Kiwi, Windies, Lankan, Saffer fans all liking the game and accusing Swann of sour grapes) you first must realise the gap between Tests and T20 is huge. Without 50-over cricket neither a bowler nor batsman will be able to adjust to the different formats. Swann himself will have probably choose one over the other although I guess the only possible overlapping players would be the spinners. But let's say the squad for Tests and T20's completely diverge similar to Rugby Union and Rugby League or Indoor Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. Then you can eg T20 Ind vs T20 Aus on one day and on the same day Test India vs Test SA. Hmm, I wonder how THAT will affect the 5 day format of the game!

  • Harmony111 on November 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    After the test series that Eng will play in Ind next year, I fully expect Swann to ask for scrapping the test matches too, for they are going to lose it badly too.

  • ADXI on November 26, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    agree with him completely....that is the way forward....ODI's were introduced as shortened format for ultimate format of the game..... test cricket...now that we have a shorter version which is as popular if not more....i feel there is no need for the useless ODI's. But the ICC has a cash cow in the form of the ODI world cup which it does not want to lose......a relplacement for that needs to be found....maybe an expanded t20 world cup would do....maybe not!

  • 1st_april on November 26, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Swann is right...after we beat Aussies 2-1 and 3-1 home and away the 7 odis that followed hardly had any meaning....its difficult to make sense in ODIs...it is neither real cricket nor slam bang....the only teams who regard ODIs highly are IND and SL...they play 20 ODIs against each other every year...and both are incapable of taking 20 wickets in test cricket....

  • fyrestorm on November 26, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    What a joke. Once England reach their rightful place in T20s and Tests i.e. not number 1, Swann will be calling for international cricket to be scrapped all together. Until England learn to play in the subcontinent, they will never be considered number 1 by the rest of the world.

  • AtifFazal11 on November 26, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    You cant just scrap the 50 over game, it has so much history. There are still so many people who prefer to watch the 50 over format. T20 should definitely be controlled or it will kill Test cricket.

  • mrklinkerpants on November 26, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with him to be honest - can't understand why it is automatically Test cricket that is most at risk from the emergence of T20. We have just seen a number of thrilling Test matches in recent months and the fact that we now have Test series comprising just 2 matches between two of the big nations is just ridiculous. Test matches have always been and always will be the ultimate test of a players abilities, technique and temperament. The fact that a 5 day match can see-saw one way then the other over the course of the game and then be turned on their heads in a 10 minute spell will never be surpassed by the dreary, mechanical rubbish that is the ODI. ODIs become more and more irrelevant as T20 takes hold and as someone has already posted on here, if ODIs are so great, why is the ODI format being constantly messed around with to try to make it more appealing? Bin ODIs and you can have back-to-back T20s on the same day at the same venue instead.

  • nzcricket174 on November 26, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Obvious he wants ODIs scrapped cause England aren't #1 at it.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 26, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    HMMMMM . I THINK HE HAD TO SAY THAT ONLY THOSE FORMS IN WHICH ENGLAND PERFORMS GOOD ARE REAL CRICKET . NOT ONLY SWANN MANY ENGLISH CRICKETERS ARE SAYING THAT ODI IS NOT REAL CRICKET . IT IS BORING . IF ENGLAND IS NOT INTERSTED IN ODIS ANY MORE , THEN PLEASE GO ON AND PLAY ONLY TEST & T20 S . ALSO THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN 2015 WC . ICC SHOULD SELECT AFGHANISTAN , IRELAND ETC IN PLACE OF YOURS .AND I BET THEY WILL GIVE BETTER COMPETITION THAN YOU TO OTHER TEAMS .

  • on November 26, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Main advocates of Test cricket? What are you on about mate? That's a joke!

  • ozpenguin on November 26, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Swann should retire from ODIs immediately if that his attitude, or at least not be given the captaincy. How can anyone be confident he will give a full effort after these comments? Leaving that aside, ODIs should be confined to 3-5 match bilateral series to minimise dead matches and there should be more effort in using them to introduce up and coming nations to international cricket. 20/20 is a franchise game and taking away the right to represent your country creates an incentive for players to also focus on longer formats, reducing the risk of all the talent focussing on the micro game

  • roger_harps on November 26, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Excuse me...who is this swann..he talks as if the is the greatest spinner ever ..bigger than warne and murli..he has talked so much in his short career of 3 years that warne n murli themselves wouldnt have talked in their whole career...Mr, Swan..keep your opinions to yourself..bcoz your not murli or warne and dont even think you will be one....we aussies will expose you when we will get the ashes back..

  • mrhamilton on November 26, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    unless indians stop being so arrogant and proud, the game will die. Swann is half right. except instead of 50 overs matches being ended, there needs to be a huge drop in the level of 50 over matches played. FAR FAR less. let the ipl, champions league take precedent and there to be more test matches in a series like australia-south africa recently.make there be 3 50 over matches and not 7 like we see recently

  • spence1324 on November 26, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Well said mr Swann a true visionary for our times, do not know why indian fans are getting anti mayby its the fact that when a true test comes along outside india they turn into a village side LOL!

  • g.narsimha on November 26, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    SOUR GRAPES .Cant perfom out side own DEN against quality players

  • IndiaNumeroUno on November 26, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Swann who?

    anyway... by Feb 15th england will be gunning to get test cricket banned as well LOL!

  • JG2704 on November 26, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Very predictable load of comments there - Too many to start to respond to. Swann is actually still personally rated high in the ODplayer rankings - The last time I looked he was higher in the ODs than in the test matches. I've got to be honest I do see it as a bit pointless to travel all the way to India just to play a load of ODIs a T20 and no tests. The scheduliong is sometines so hard that because of the T20 format also being regularly played you have to either play less ODI's , less T20s or less tests. Maybe Swann's comms do suit the teams needs but regardless you can't play the same amount of tests and ODI's as you could yesteryear because of the newer T20 format added to the schedule so something has to give. I'm not agreeing with them being scrapped but a reduction seems fair enough. To all the England haters - They'll still be down the rankings in this format so you can still have your petty gloats

  • drgonzo76 on November 26, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    I wouldn't scrap ODI's because it would mean no world cup which is a big part of the history of the game. Also there has been plenty of great ODI matches down the years. I would scrap the champions trophy because what is it for apart from making money! Maybe limit ODI series to 5 matches because otherwise it is a bit overkill. Currently watching the India - Windies test....I wouldn't say it was boring at all and SA v Aus were two great tests. Such a pity it wasn't a 5 match series.

  • katandthat3 on November 26, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Not happening Swanny, so pull your socks up and start winning some games! Isn't the ECB thinking of returning to 50 over cricket domestically anyway. I'm still glad he spoke his mind though, more refreshing than the (insert country) Cricket Board PC speak we hear a lot of unfortunately. T20 is my least favourite although I like watching it, I just don't remember many results, yet I can still recall plenty of great ODI & Tests over the years. Yes, the Test Championship delay is disturbing.

  • SamAsh07 on November 26, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Swann was better off saying "Scrap T20s", those matches are pointless and never nerve wrecking, in Tests and ODIs, when you lose quick wickets, you have a chance of re-building, but in T20s there is no time, just hit out or get out. Even if they are fun to watch, T20s are useless to cricket.

  • FAB_ALI on November 26, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    If u dnt enjoy a particular thing, u would certainly like it to be scrapped.!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    all three formats essential. TEST DRAWs - acceptable to both sides

    ODIs - CLEAR WINNER

    T20Is - entertainment

  • FAB_ALI on November 26, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Whn he was hit for 2 SIXES in one over by Dhoni in the 5th ODI, I think then only he thought he has had enough of one day cricket as he has not returned to bowling crease since then (in ODIs).

  • RandyOZ on November 26, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    The funny thing is that not one person cares what the hapless swann thinks. Less than 200 wickets and he thinks he's a rock star. This hack will never reach 200 and will be put in the same basket as Giles.

  • FAB_ALI on November 26, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    England really struggles in ODIs and Swann's record is also not as good in One dayers. So, there are no suprises that he/England want to scrap ODIs or should I say want to escape from ODIs!!

  • atiq_pak on November 26, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    English team can not play ODI , Mr. Swann this the fact... . Grapes are sour

  • Mooky on November 26, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Swanny, i am a passionate England fan and a fan of you, but you need to start thinking before you speak and write. You are way off the mark here with what most cricket lovers really want. If the schedule is to tight ban private T20 compitions like the IPL or better still ban the T20 circus alltogether, it is not and never will be proper cricket, design to attract the none true cricket fan. Leave our OTI alone.

  • Rhansaus on November 26, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    What a peanut! Just because England have never learnt how to play 50 over cricket he has a cry. Idea, win a few 50 over games Mr Swann you might start to enjoy it.

  • jhaunton on November 26, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Hmm, typical comments from the one-eyed I see.

    Swann is expressing a purely personal opinion and fwiw I agree with him the ODI format is neither one thing nor the other which is why, I assume, the format is subjected to constant tinkering. Many cricket fans I talk to here in Australia say the same thing. Certainly 7 match ODI series are dull, more tests and fewer ODIs please, 2 tests for AU/SA and nd just 3 for Eng-SA in the summmer, shame.

    The test match format is the true test of skill, for a quck fix t20 will suffice.

    <</Flame suit on/>>

  • onphel1 on November 26, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    IndigoRavisher. Very well said. I couldn't have agreed more. That Swann fella must have an extremely thick skin. "Haha, I wonder if he'd say the same thing if England hadn't been drubbed 0-5 in India. I think England's reign at the top of tests and T20 will not last beyond 2012, maybe Swann will support scrapping of cricket all together then."

  • Magz on November 26, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    what have you been drinking last night Swanny?

  • jonesy2 on November 26, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    soon swann will want to get rid of test cricket aswell.

  • ChobeMonster on November 26, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @Niraj Vashi agree with you, except I would also dump the champions trophies. ODI's are formulaic and often boring, but are probably the most realistic way of determining a "world champion" of cricket.

  • KarachiKid on November 26, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Pretty convenient for Swann to say this - for obvious reasons. However, I personally also think ODI's are pas their sell by date. Either scrap them or convert them into 40 over encounters.

  • on November 26, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    They should scrap international T20s they are pointless. Leave a window for domestic T20 leagues 1 month in the year so players can get paid and still represent their country. More Test matches! for all nations.

  • on November 26, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    ODI is the best form of cricket........Scrapping ODIs would mean to scrap the world cup..........if too much cricket is the reason why dont we scrap the lengthy boring tests? Swann will not agree because England are currently at the top.

  • Meety on November 26, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Trust Swanny to say something like that. He's probably said what 3/4 of England have been thinking over the last 20yrs! LOL! Cynically - spot the possible factoe "Tests#1, ODIs #6, T20s #1. Hmmm! LOL! == == == Seriously this is a dumb idea. Will never get up as ODIs are still to profitable & will remain so given that India just won a W/C!!!!

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 26, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @IndigoRavisher: touche'!

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    oh if anything should be scrapped it should be t20 cricket actually i am of the favour some changes need to be made into test cricket like day night cricket and some more worth playing test matches with test championship qualification providing that and rest all is fine odi wc was a success and odi cricket is any day better than t20 cricket any day of the year

  • Chris_P on November 26, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Who is really interested in this format anyway? The meaningless tournaments ought to be scrubbed totally. For those who are accusing Swann of sour grapes, he is after all, #3 on the bowling ranks for ODI after being #1. England did win their ODI series in England without dropping a game so it is a bit rich accusing him of this. And he is in a much better position to comment than the usual fare of armchair critics who more than likely have never set foot in a competitive game of cricket in their lives. Our side is the #1 ODI but who really cares about ODI any more? Test cricket is the real game, whilst the other garbage that passes for cricket can be enjoyed by those with satisfaction for fast & quick and easy that captures much of the modern lifestyle.

  • goldeneye075 on November 26, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    If you are not good at one day internationals , it doesn't mean it's bad .. lol ;-) T20 is just rubbish , it's not proper cricket at all, you don't need any internatinal players to do it, even school children can play it >> One day internationals do have a kind of technique to play, so I don't think it will vanish, but sad to say T20 will Mr. Swann >>

  • Leggie on November 26, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    I agree that 50 overs cricket has lost its charm. At the same time, 20 overs is too short and is too much of a slam bang and one can already see T20 dropping on viewer ratings. My recommendations: a) 40 overs per side, max 10 overs per bowler, 2 new balls at each end for the first 20 overs and 10 overs of batting power play in the first 20 overs, and a 5 over bowling power play between overs 30 & 35 b) After 20 overs bowling captain to decide if he would like a different ball at each end or use just one ball. The idea is that on spinning tracks, captains can benefit from using only one ball. My take.., scrap 50-50, scrap 20-20 and settle down for a 40-40 ODI

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Just becoz england is too poor in odi cricket that doesnt m.odiean we shd strike odi's off.odi's have been since my childhood even swann's childhood and they r the main source of income for icc all these years !!! If it was only tests then icc cant get enough funds to run the game,build stadoums and all that stuff .cry baby swan resembles me of the story grapes are sour !!

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    About time other cricketers are thinking like me

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 26, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Oh wow........great suggestion mate.......i will offer you one more......spinning wickets must also be banned......

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Love ODI's!!! This guy has gone nuts...

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    The thing is, ODIs will go eventually. There is too much history for test cricket and all the money is behind T20. Whether you like it or not (I don't) it will happen.

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Why not he retire from ODIs? Simple as that.

  • ultimatewarrior on November 26, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Good One from Swann! sore grapes my dear.....

  • S.Jagernath on November 26, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    If Graeme Swann feels he is playing too much cricket,he should just not play ODIs or choose the single format he enjoys & that goes for all that complain of too much cricket.

  • Haleos on November 26, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Of course swanny. We should scrap the format in which ur team does not know how to play.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    rather change 50 over game into 40 over game... it will be win win for everyone .. players / viewers :)

  • Gordo85 on November 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    All I can is it is a good thing that Swann is not in charge of any of this. To me I love Test cricket and then my second choice is the 50/50 format. This whole Twenty/20 thing just has no technique in it what so ever. I agree that I think because of Twenty/20 the runs rates of Test cricket also are going higher and higher and also that makes for Test cricket to not have great technique in it either. What I would say is how about cut in half the twenty/20s so then there is less of them being played. See to me I would nearly almost get rid of Twenty/20 but you can't get rid of it all together because it targets other areas like USA for eg I guess. The great man Jaques Kallis said recently that he would consider to stop playing twenty20s in order to save Test cricket and I think the great man is on the money because once the big names stop playing Twenty/20 they can focus on the other forms but then obviously the crowds may not show up in so many forms to not watch the stars play.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    well just a few months we have a brilliant 50 over tournament called the world cup... and before that many were questioning its popularity...

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    I agree with Swann. ODI's are useless.....Test cricket is the way to go!!!

  • getsetgopk on November 26, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    I guess Swann just realized playing the 1992 world cup final was as near as they can ever get to winning the world cup. a classic case of sore loser and he doesn't even try to hide it

  • AF219 on November 26, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Hahah ...... Look who is talking ..... After 5-0 humbling anyone can say that ...... Please mate if you think you are not good enough for ODI just retire from it no one is begging you to play ..... AF

  • jasonpete on November 26, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    @shan156,England team are overall poor in odi format,not only in India.They lost to us 6-1 in Australi, before that they lost to us in England also.They never won a odi world cup and truly the odi rank reflects the result.so obviously he wants to scrap the odi format,I don't think he will say the same if England rank top .

  • Osama_Siddiqui on November 26, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    I completely agree with Swann, I hope someone in the ICC wises up to this suggestion

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Ofcourse Swann...let's scrap ODI's b'coz England sucks at ODI's. Let's scrap tests as soon as England loses its number 1 ranking.

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    that's pretty much the mentality of the English players and fans, 50 over cricket just doesn't interest us that much and the shear amount of 50 over cricket that gets played does nothing to alleviate the situation... by my reckoning England played 29 ODIs in 2011 (won 10, lost 16, 1 NR, 2 tied) 8 Tests (won 6, drawn 2), 5 T20I (won 3 lost 2)

  • TouseefAhmad on November 26, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Once England loses no.1 ranking in test and t20s, he will want to scrap them as well.

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    what an attitude he is showing ...pathetic ...if they get thrashed in 20-20s he would ask for that format also to be scrapped .

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    I guess its a good idea, ODIs aren't that awesome...

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Yes. Agreed. Scrap all meaningless bilateral ODI series. Have 50-50 Champions trophies and WC and some friendlies ahead of them for preparation like its there in Football. Thereafter have Tests, First class matches and domestic T20 leagues.

  • SulthanXI on November 26, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Mr.Swann You please retire from ODIs good bye

  • SumitRavi on November 26, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Haha, I wonder if he'd say the same thing if England hadn't been drubbed 0-5 in India. I think England's reign at the top of tests and T20 will not last beyond 2012, maybe Swann will support scrapping of cricket all together then.

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    its a case of"grapes are sour"

  • Langdon04 on November 26, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Well of course you are going to say that when your team can't win a match.

  • mafia300 on November 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I love ODIs. If you don't like something, that doesn't mean it should be scrapped off.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    If England does not play 50 over cricket well it doesn't mean that the format has to be scrapped. They r no 1 in test and t20 so SWANN is saying like that. If they r in the bottom half in the TEST ranking then he might even say that why play TEST cricket. T20 and ODI is the way forward!!!

  • anoopshameed on November 26, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    He might as well have accepted it that England has no clue about playing ODIs! : )

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    ha ha Graeme Swann mind has gone for a spin after 5-0 defeat against India.....English team is superflop in ODI's, so no wonder swann wants it to be scrapped. its shame that ICC has postponed test championship...I wonder what the Ecb thinks about this,they schedule a ridiculous amount of ODIs and also wonder its something to do with England's inability to win WCs ? besides I am not at all in favour of removing OD cricket. I love and I grow up watching it. One Day Cricket is still a big hit. There might be a lil bit of bad patch for one day cricket in some countries but it is still a big hit conclusion: just because England are rubbish in ODI doesnt mean we can scrap a format.What next ENgland cant play spin thus ban every spinner?

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    I agree. Nothing wrong with F50, but the same thing happened to 750cc motorbike racing and 11-a-side outdoor handball- a better solution was found.

  • bigdhonifan on November 26, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    over rated bowled.. not good in sub Continent

  • Shan156 on November 26, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Trust Indian fans to tear Swann apart for his proposed changes when he is merely stating his preferences (which incidentally matches the preference of almost all English fans). Please note that England fans don't dislike ODIs because they are 'poor' at it (they are only poor in India - they did beat the world champions 3-0 and Sri Lanka 3-2 in England). It is a boring format. For real test of skills, we have test cricket and for a fun-filled bash and generating more money, we have T20s.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on November 26, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    England are #1in Test and T20 but #6 in ODI ranking. No wonder Swann wants to get rid of ODIs!

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    I think the game of cricket, the most boring ever, should be scrapped. I hate this game. I wasted my life watching it.

  • terry_2k6 on November 26, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Yeah, scrap the Format you fail at, Excellent Idea there. If you want to scrap anything, make it International 20/20's and just have it as a Domestic Tournament, or have T20I's made up of players on the borderline of National Selection. It will give them exposure to the International scene without the pressure of One-Dayers or Tests.

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  • terry_2k6 on November 26, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Yeah, scrap the Format you fail at, Excellent Idea there. If you want to scrap anything, make it International 20/20's and just have it as a Domestic Tournament, or have T20I's made up of players on the borderline of National Selection. It will give them exposure to the International scene without the pressure of One-Dayers or Tests.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    I think the game of cricket, the most boring ever, should be scrapped. I hate this game. I wasted my life watching it.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on November 26, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    England are #1in Test and T20 but #6 in ODI ranking. No wonder Swann wants to get rid of ODIs!

  • Shan156 on November 26, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Trust Indian fans to tear Swann apart for his proposed changes when he is merely stating his preferences (which incidentally matches the preference of almost all English fans). Please note that England fans don't dislike ODIs because they are 'poor' at it (they are only poor in India - they did beat the world champions 3-0 and Sri Lanka 3-2 in England). It is a boring format. For real test of skills, we have test cricket and for a fun-filled bash and generating more money, we have T20s.

  • bigdhonifan on November 26, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    over rated bowled.. not good in sub Continent

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    I agree. Nothing wrong with F50, but the same thing happened to 750cc motorbike racing and 11-a-side outdoor handball- a better solution was found.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    ha ha Graeme Swann mind has gone for a spin after 5-0 defeat against India.....English team is superflop in ODI's, so no wonder swann wants it to be scrapped. its shame that ICC has postponed test championship...I wonder what the Ecb thinks about this,they schedule a ridiculous amount of ODIs and also wonder its something to do with England's inability to win WCs ? besides I am not at all in favour of removing OD cricket. I love and I grow up watching it. One Day Cricket is still a big hit. There might be a lil bit of bad patch for one day cricket in some countries but it is still a big hit conclusion: just because England are rubbish in ODI doesnt mean we can scrap a format.What next ENgland cant play spin thus ban every spinner?

  • anoopshameed on November 26, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    He might as well have accepted it that England has no clue about playing ODIs! : )

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    If England does not play 50 over cricket well it doesn't mean that the format has to be scrapped. They r no 1 in test and t20 so SWANN is saying like that. If they r in the bottom half in the TEST ranking then he might even say that why play TEST cricket. T20 and ODI is the way forward!!!

  • mafia300 on November 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I love ODIs. If you don't like something, that doesn't mean it should be scrapped off.