New Delhi: There is a fear that one day cricket (ODI Cricket) will disappear in the near future. In the era of T-20 (T-20), fans’ interest in one-day matches is waning and broadcast companies are also not showing interest in telecasting them live, so there have been reports of ICC stopping playing one-day tournaments.
A major decision on the future of the ODI format is likely soon. The popularity of ODI cricket continues to decline. Fans love to watch cricket in the T20 format, as it packs a lot of excitement in a short amount of time. Statistics show that fans are taking less interest in ODI cricket after the Corona epidemic. It is also being said that as the T20 format has grown in popularity, it is not easy to arrange a broadcaster for the ODI format. So in such a situation the bilateral ODI series can be cancelled.
Recently the MCC suggested to the ICC that the bilateral ODI series should stop after the 2027 ODI World Cup. The MCC has suggested the ICC to cancel the bilateral ODI series during the Australia-England Lord’s Test. MCC said that the craze for T20 format and franchise cricket is growing all over the world. So the bilateral ODI series should be stopped.
According to media reports, the ICC meeting will be held in Durban, South Africa in the coming days. A major decision on the ODI format is likely in this meeting. According to reports, an ICC member said that World Cup 2023 and Champions Trophy 2025 are close, but still fans are not showing interest in ODI format.
He said that especially after the corona epidemic, fans have not shown much interest in ODIs due to T20. However, at the same time, he said that only a country like India can gather crowds for 50-over matches for major events like World Cup 2023 and Champions Trophy, which is necessary to save the ODI format.
Apart from fans, broadcasters are also indifferent to the ODI format
According to ICC, now broadcasters are focusing on Test series or T20 series. Broadcasters are not showing much interest in ODI format. However, the final decision on the future of the ODI format will be taken at the ICC meeting in Durban.
There are also many challenges against the test format
MCC says the Test format has its own challenges. There has been a constant battle for the survival of Test cricket. There are many countries in the world who don’t want to spend their money on 5-day matches. MCC gave the example of Zimbabwe and said that in 2017, Zimbabwe had decided that it would play matches outside its own country. Meaning, will play in the host of other teams. Also, the MCC has suggested that the ICC arrange a separate fund for Test matches.