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Mark Waugh says ICC World Cup 2015 will be a test for ODIs popularity

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Mark Waugh says that the way Australia play ODI cricket should revitalise the game and add to it’s popularity © Getty Images

Jan 19, 2014

 

Former Australian batsman, Mark Waugh, who is a staunch supporter of the One-Day International (ODI) format reckoned that despite the rise of Twenty20s (T20s), ODIs are here to stay.

Waugh says that the ICC World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand will be a real challenge for the popularity of ODIs, as the format is not being able to attract crowds as it earlier used to in the pre-T20 era.

WA Today reported Waugh as saying, “The Australians, the way they’re playing, it will revitalise one-day cricket, it’s been on a bit of a downward spiral.What we saw in Brisbane the other night if you don’t like that sort of cricket you’re hard to please.”

Waugh, who will be included in Cricket Australia’s (CA) hall of Fame also added, “I think this World Cup’s going to be important with 50-over cricket, just to see where it sits in the three levels of cricket. I’m sure if the captains play attacking cricket and it’s in the right spirit it should be good.”

Waugh, who is content with the way ODIs and T20s are balanced nowadays further says, “There’s room for all three [forms], there definitely is. You’ve just got to be careful with the schedule there’s not too much 50-over or Twenty20 cricket. I’m sure  CA are working on that and getting the right balance.If there’s too much of something and the same team plays each other seven or eight times in a row, that does get boring. The balance is pretty good at the moment.”

“I think T20 cricket is here to stay. It’s entertaining and it’s short, there’s a certain set of skills in it. It’s evolving as a game and tactics as well. It’s definitely going to be popular for a long time,” added Waugh.

Australian cricketer, Belinda Clark, who will become the first woman to be included in the Hall of Fame list said that a female version of the Big Bash League (BBL) was on the cards and CA was pondering over introducing such a format in the near future.

Though no concrete plans have been laid as of yet, still Clark, who holds the record for the most number of ODI runs scored by an Australian woman and who also is the manager of CA’s Center of Excellence, feels that the idea of a separate women’s league definitely is a possibility.

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