The Marylebone Cricket Club, cricket’s rule-making body, recently proposed a bold suggestion to limit men’s One Day International cricket, specifically the bilateral series played throughout the year. The MCC recommended implementing these changes after the conclusion of the 2027 World Cup.
The MCC’s World Cricket Committee convened at Lord’s Cricket Ground following the second Ashes 2023 Test. During the meeting, various suggestions were made, with many expressing the opinion that revamping ODI cricket are necessary due to the growing prominence of T20 leagues worldwide.
Headed by former English cricketer Mike Gatting, the 13-member committee put forth a significant proposal for reducing the frequency of ODI cricket. This change would address the need for a more balanced cricket calendar.
Recently, ICC’s general manager of cricket Wasim Khan stated that while nothing will be eliminated from ODI cricket, the format will need to find a way to coexist with the continual rise of T20 cricket.
It is evident that T20 leagues across the globe currently dominate the cricket landscape. Renowned international players such as Trent Boult and Jason Roy have chosen to prioritize T20 leagues like the Big Bash and the Indian Premier League over their central contracts.
Shifting focus to ODI cricket, the eagerly anticipated World Cup 2023 is just around the corner. With India hosting the competition this time, fans eagerly await witnessing the clash of the titans as teams vie for the coveted title.
The marquee tournament commences with defending champions England facing New Zealand in the season opener on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Additionally, the Indian team will begin their campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. It has been a decade since the team last clinched an ICC title, and under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India is determined to break their ICC curse and bring the championship trophy home.