James Sutherland feels that T20 cricket will not hamper the ODIs © Getty Images


Sydney: Feb 15, 2014


Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland is reportedly confident that the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will not be trapped by the start of the winter sporting codes or the rise of Twenty20 cricket.


Australia and New Zealand have co-hosted the World Cup once – in 1992 when key contributions from Wasim Akram and a young Inzamam-ul-Haq led Pakistan to victory over England in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).


According to Sydney Morning Herald, the public’s thirst for one-day cricket, at least in terms of attending matches, has since waned even though TV ratings are still strong, adding that domestic Twenty20 tournaments are what cricket officials are investing heavily in.


However, Sutherland does not see any risks with Twenty20s, adding that in other parts of the world it, one-day international cricket is actually the premium format of the game.


Sutherland also said that there have been some changes in the playing regulations in the last 12 to 18 months which have really added to the game, adding that the premier Australian football and rugby tournaments- the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) – would not be in competition with cricket’s premier one-day international tournament.


Sutherland further said that the tournament is a global event, adding that the eyes of the world will be on Australia and New Zealand for February and March in 2015, irrespective of the performance of the Australian team.