Ravi Shastri: There are three formats that are being played in international cricket. They are none other than One Day Internationals, Twenty20 Internationals, and Test cricket.
Among the three formats which are being played, the T20 format gained a great deal of traction in terms of entertainment and the passage of the play.
It is a well-known fact that the T20 format is the most engaging and the most captivating format in the world. Moreover, there is plenty of drama, thrill factors, and nail-biting moments as well.
The ICC introduced the ICC World Test Championship, which is the Test premier championship in order to preserve and protect Test cricket in today’s world.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer, Ravi Shastri made a bold statement ahead of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, which is slated to be held in India later this year.
Ravi Shastri came up with a suggestion for ODI cricket to survive. For the unversed, ODI cricket was once played in the form of 60 overs. However, as the years progressed, the ODI cricket was trimmed to 50 overs for each side.
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Ravi Shastri comes up with an important suggestion to protect ODI cricket
Ravi Shastri reckons that the time has come for the sport to evolve with the times and trim the format in order to protect the ODI format.
Former Team India head coach believes that the ODI format should be trimmed to 40 overs per innings to make sure the survival of the format in the high-paced T20 era.
Ravi Shastri made these remarks on Day 4 of the fourth Test match between India and Australia. The game is currently taking place at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“For One-day cricket to survive, I think it should be reduced to a 40-over game in the future. The reason I say this is because when we won the World Cup in 1983, it was a 60-over (a side) game.
“Then the attention span of the people diminished and it became a 50-over game. I think the time has come for it to become now a 40-over game. Evolve with the times. Reduce the format,” he added.
“T20 format I think is the key. It is the injection the game needs to evolve. It’s the cash cow for the sport. But I think there also the bilaterals (series) should be reduced. There are enough domestic leagues around the world that promote the T20 game. We should let those leagues happen and then have a World Cup, just in between. Very few bilaterals, if needed before a World Cup or something of that sort. Then you can sustain all three formats,” added Shastri.
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