ICC keen to save ODIs from T20; hints changes for game's survival

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Dubai, Jul 9 (UNI) Concerned over the growing popularity of Twenty20 cricket, the ICC is all set to experiment with the 50-over format so as to create a right balance with the latest 'avatar' of the game and will look to tinker with ODIs.

ICC General manager Dave Richardson clearly indicated that the way Twenty20 cricket is being accepted, the ODIs might have to pave way for the shortest format of the game.

''The goal is to preserve all three formats. We have to preserve Test cricket as the pinnacle of the game. But are people willing to watch a 50-over game when T20 promises more action in less time? That is the challenge,'' Richardson told 'The Week' in an interview.

Richardson indicated that the way things are going at the moment, ODIs might have to make way for 40-over matches or even two innings of 20 overs each.

''So we are looking at two fresh options. We still feel broadcasters need content for seven hours...We need to get balance right and tinker with the 50-over format,'' he said.

The former South African wicketkeeer also informed that there are new proposals on table which might bring about a few changes in the 50-over format to evolve the game further.

''The general feeling amongst cricketers is that the 50-over edition is not sacrosanct like Test cricket. It started off with 60 overs and then dropped to 55 and 50.

''Some countries are experimenting with 40 and 45 overs. The new proposals are firmly on the agenda. We will not promise anything, but it will be looked at quite seriously,'' he said.

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