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Monday, August 24, 2009

Shahid Afridi Still Sees Future for ODI Cricket

Former Australian great Shane Warne has recently suggested that ICC should adopt Test and Twenty20 formats of the game, leaving out ODI format. However, Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi, who is also the captain of Pakistan twenty20 side, said that ODI cricket still has good future and there is no need to close down this format.

Shahid Afridi, the record holder of fastest ODI century, thinks that ODI cricket is still very popular among the fans and players. However, he also suggests that ODI format could be reduced to 40-over, in stead of 50 overs, if ICC thinks the format is losing its popularity.

Well, money has become a part and parcel of the game which, in one sense, has been instrumental behind its increasing popularity over the last two decades. However, one thing is for sure that ODI cricket is losing its popularity with the advent of money spinning twenty20 format. So, considering the overall situation, I also think that test cricket and twenty20 should be the two formats of cricket. However, if ICC wants to keep ODI format alive, then it needs to bring out some changes in order to make it less time-consuming, but more exciting. In fact, test cricket itself also needs some changes in order to keep its appeal intact among the fans.

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