ICC turns down Tendulkar's proposal to revamp ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar had earlier suggested four alternate innings of 25 overs should be allotted to both the sides to have an equal chance of winning the game irrespective of playing conditions Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 21, 2011

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar s idea of revamping One-Day International (ODI) cricket.

ICC General Manager Dave Richardson said on Tuesday, “I can confirm to you that they (the ideas) were thoroughly discussed (by the cricket committee headed by Clive Lloyd in May), but we decided not to go with them.”

Tendulkar had earlier suggested that the ODI format must be split into four equal innings of 25 overs each. But ICC General Manager said Tendulkar was not the only one to come up with suggestions, and there were many others who had recommended changes.

“Lots of people have come up with different ideas to revamp the ODI format. So, he’s surely not the only one,” said Richardson. He also added that the suggested ideas won t be worked out anytime in the future as they have been already dealt with.

President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Christopher Martin-Jenkins disclosed the contents of Tendulkar s letter to the media on Tuesday. He was quoted in Times “He (Tendulkar) argues that four alternate innings of 25 overs for each side in an international would be the fairest way of balancing the advantages gained by the team that win the toss when pitch and weather conditions mean that a match can virtually be decided by the spin of a coin.

“Tendulkar mentions several such games in the longest of all present international careers, going back to his first appearances as a 16-year-old in Pakistan in 1989. Chief among them is the notorious 1996 World Cup semi-final in Calcutta when India were caught on what he calls a “square turner” in the second innings.

“Tendulkar’s letter also proposes changes to the voluntary powerplays. In each 25-over block he wants only two at the behest of the batting side but three for the fielding team and he also suggests that up to four bowlers should be allowed up to 12 overs each, rather than the present limit of ten,” Jenkins was quoted in MiD DAY.

The ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat shot down Sachin Tendulkar’s proposed changes in the ODI format making it a four innings 25-over-affair rather than current 50-over format.

“There is no need to change the format,” Lorgat told reporters here at a breakfast interaction.

Tendulkar, a prolific run-scorer in ODIs with over 18,000 runs, 48 centuries and 95 half centuries had written a letter to Lorgat, seeking a radical switch from two 50-over innings to four phased out innings of 25 overs each method tried in Australian domestic cricket.

“We did receive a written proposal from Sachin, but that was a long time back. I myself have spoken to him many times about it, the last one as recent as during the World Cup in April. The success of the tournament showed that the 50-over format was sound in health and there was no need for dramatic changes,” Lorgat added.

He further added,” The executive board meeting after the World Cup decided that the present format was doing well. That has not changed,” Lorgat stressed.

The senior batsman had argued that four alternate innings of 25 overs would be a fair way to balance the advantage gained by the team which won the toss in conditions such as bad weather, sub-quality pitches which historically had proven that a match can virtually be decided by the toss of a coin.

Lorgat also commented on another point of contention with India ?the DRS.

He thought the system was working well despite Indian dislike towards it.

“Even the best of umpires have a success rate of 95 per cent. We see a five per cent improvement because of the UDRS while there can be 1 per cent margin for error. The question is if we want to sacrifice 5 per cent for 1 per cent?,” Lorgat questioned.

Sachin Tendulkar’s suggestions to ICC

. A switch from two 50-over innings to four (innings) of 25 each.

. Four bowlers must be allowed 12 overs each, rather than the present limit of 10.

. Batting side must be allowed only two voluntary powerplays, but bowling side must be given three.