Glenn Turner calls for focus to make ODI format relevant

Glenn Turner said a consistently dynamic approach to the game by its players opens up limitless and unrestricted possibilities Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Wellington: Feb 11, 2012

Former New Zealand batsman Glenn Turner called for simple logic and focus to make the one-dayers (ODI) an attractive and relevant format.

“In the 50-over game when batting, a greater emphasis should be placed on scoring runs as quickly as possible and less on conserving wickets.”

He said, while bowling the focus should be on restricting runs and less on taking wickets at the expense of runs.

Turner said that by restricting the flow of runs bowlers and fielders put pressure on the batters to score quickly, and this would cause their downfall.

“The stark reality is that no wickets need to be taken to win a game of 50 overs”, Turner wrote in Stuff.co.nz

“An innings should be allowed to evolved, able to take on its own dynamics, free from preconceptions. A consistently dynamic approach to the game by its players opens up limitless and unrestricted possibilities,” Turner said.

“The overall approach should represent an approach aligned to winning games, rather than hoping the opposition plays poorly enough to lose,” he concluded.