The future of ODIs

The growth of Twenty20 cricket has raised serious questions over the utility of the 50-over game, and concerns for its future. Though it is still the currency of the two main ICC tournaments, some boards have already shortened their domestic format. Suggestions for change have been plenty and even the ICC is thinking about tweaking the format.


Ross Taylor: One-day World Cup could have joint winners
Ross Taylor: One-day World Cup could have joint winners

The New Zealand batsman is not convinced of the need to split teams with Super Overs in 50-over cricket

Four things next week's ICC meeting should look to address
Four things next week's ICC meeting should look to address

From bringing swing back in short-form cricket to cracking down on abusive language, here's a wishlist

ICC to make DRS presentation to BCCI
ICC to make DRS presentation to BCCI

In a fresh attempt to convince the BCCI, ICC general manager Geoff Allardice will travel to India next week to carry out a presentation on the Decision Review System

ODIs: less is more
ODIs: less is more

There's plenty of life in the format if administrators take the responsibility for smarter scheduling and more effective promotion

Why the good-length ball has lost its sting
Why the good-length ball has lost its sting

The old precept of bowling on a good length doesn't work when pitches are flat and batsmen fearless

Gimmicks don't win you ODIs, wickets do
Gimmicks don't win you ODIs, wickets do

As long as ODIs are governed by stifling regulations, only imaginative captaincy can keep the format from being hopelessly dull

The future of ODIs as seen through this World Cup
The future of ODIs as seen through this World Cup

Stats and trends that are more than six months old are redundant. A revolution is coming

The future of close finishes in limited overs
The future of close finishes in limited overs

Will last-over chases continue to have the capacity for drama?

Forty overs is one-day cricket's future
Forty overs is one-day cricket's future

It's the ideal amount of time to pack in plenty of action while also giving players a chance to construct innings and making for a better spectator experience

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs
Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

If we don't want limited-overs cricket to turn into one-sided massacres, we need to change some rules and encourage attacking fields

Fifty overs suck
Fifty overs suck

Especially when they are offered up as an afterthought. Why not give the 25-over two-innings format a shot?

World Cup qualification could give ODIs context
World Cup qualification could give ODIs context

Bilaterals tacked on to the end of a Test series, or hastily arranged triangulars, could gather meaning if teams had something bigger to fight for. But will cricket's major teams ever agree to such a proposition?

Contract the schedule
Contract the schedule

If Tests are limited to the top eight teams, T20s to clubs and a relegation system is introduced in ODIs, all three formats could survive and cricket could gain a broader talent pool

ICC's mixed bag for bowlers
ICC's mixed bag for bowlers

Two bouncers an over is good news for fast bowlers but taking away an outfielder is bad news for spinners

Is it time to bury the ODI?
Is it time to bury the ODI?

As far as the limited-overs formats go, the 50-overs game has showed it has probably outlived its usefulness

Swann wants ODIs scrapped
Swann wants ODIs scrapped

Graeme Swann has said he would favour a scrapping of one-day international cricket to ease the congestion in a packed fixture list

Players prepare to grapple with new rules
Players prepare to grapple with new rules

The players in the 2011 NKP Salve Challenger Trophy will have to adjust to the ICC's new rules

Powerplay tweaks and end of runners
Powerplay tweaks and end of runners

West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which begins with a Twenty20 on October 11, will be the first international series under the ICC's revised playing conditions

'They're complicating the laws, not simplifying them'
'They're complicating the laws, not simplifying them'

The ICC's revision of the rules to do with Powerplays, new balls in ODIs, runners, and obstruction of the field take effect from today. Former and current players weigh in on the changes

Spinners and reverse-swingers under threat
Spinners and reverse-swingers under threat

The latest rule changes in ODIs are unlikely to inject excitement into the format. How well the Powerplay tweaks work will depend on a team's strength, and two new balls will handicap plenty of bowlers