Ian Chappell, a former cricketer of Australia, recently talked about the future of cricket, saying that the matter must be put under consideration. He warned the cricketing authority to first look at the history and then make changes regarding the formats that will suit the game.
“Playing styles have changed drastically in a few decades and still there is no blueprint for cricket’s future. Much as it did during the World Series Cricket (WSC) insurrection of the 1970s, the administration lurches ahead, driven mainly by the knee-jerk reaction.”
“A firm decision is needed on how many playing formats are best for cricket. Once that is decided, it then needs to be confirmed how the formats should move ahead to ensure the game evolves,” he said
T20 cricket is more dominating than the rest of the formats, while Test cricket has also risen since the World Test Championship was introduced. Only the One Day International lacks attention in present cricketing areas. Players have been seeking early retirement from ODIs like Ben Stoke, who said continuing ODI cricket seems “unsustainable”.
There have been many concerns by the cricket legends like Wasim Akram, who earlier said that the ODI format must be scrapped as it is “dying”. Former head coach of India, Ravi Shastri, also spoke in favour of Shahid Afridi, who suggested that the ODI format must be held over 40 overs to shorten the time.
“Current players often place the IPL, in particular, and T20 in general, at the top of the list when it comes to satisfaction. This is why the future of the game needs thoughtful consideration. A firm decision is needed on how many playing formats are best for cricket. Once that is decided, it then needs to be confirmed how the formats should move ahead to ensure the game evolves,” Ian Chappell wrote in his ESPNcricinfo column.
As the T20 format has already taken up more space in the cricket calendar with fans more interested in watching the shorter form, Ian Chappell has suggested that the professional cricketers should not embrace T10 as it will overdo the entertainment.