Former cricketer Wasim Akram desires ODIs to be junked from the cricketing schedule
Akram, that selected 502 gates in 356 ODIs as well as bowled Pakistan to success in the 1992 Cricket World Cup last versus England, likewise backed all-rounder Ben Stokes ‘choice to relinquish 50-over suits mentioning an “unsustainable” work.
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“I think so (on ODI cricket being scrapped). In England, you have full houses. In India, Pakistan especially, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, one-day cricket you will not fill the stadiums.”
“They are doing it just for the sake of doing it. After the first 10 overs, it’s just OK, go a run a ball, get a boundary, four fielders in and you get to 200, 220 in 40 overs and then have a go in the last 10 overs. Another 100. It’s run-of-the-mill,” stated Akram on Vaughany as well asTuffers Cricket Club Podcast
Further discussing Stokes as well as his choice to relinquish ODIs to concentrate on Tests as well as T20Is, Akram mentioned, “Him deciding that he is retiring from one-day cricket is quite sad but I agree with him. Even as a commentator, one-day cricket is just a drag now, especially after T20. I can imagine as a player. 50 overs, 50 overs, then you have to pre-game, post-game, the lunch game.”
“T20 is kind of easier, four hours the game is over. In the leagues all around the world, there is a lot more money. I suppose this is part and parcel of modern cricket. T20 or Test cricket. One-day cricket is kind of dying.”
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“It is quite tiring for a player to play one-day cricket. After T20, one-day cricket seems it is going on for days. So players are focusing on the shorter format. And longer format obviously (with) Test cricket.”
Despite T20 cricket having lots of fan-following as well as pressing ODI cricket out of the spotlight, Akram, that selected 414 gates in 104 Tests, still thinks that Test cricket is one of the most popular style of the video game as this is where tales of the video game are made.
“There’s a battle within the battle in Test cricket. I always preferred Test matches. One-day used to be fun but Test matches were where you were recognized as a player and where people still pick you for the world XIs.”