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Kapil Dev appeals to ICC to save Test and ODI formats

Kapil Dev appeals to ICC to save Test and ODI formats

Kapil Dev, the former World Cup-winning captain of the Indian team, has requested the ICC, the apex body of cricket, to take steps to save the Test and ODI formats.


Kapil Dev appeals to ICC to save Test and ODI formats
Former World Cup winning Captain Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev has made this request in view of the growing T20 league around the world. Kapil Dev said, 'I think it is coming to an end. The ICC has a big responsibility on how it will manage the game. It is going exactly the same way as football in Europe. He doesn't play against every country. Once in four years we play against each other, then there is the World Cup. Do we also need to play World Cup matches in four years and play franchise cricket for the rest of the time?'

He further said, 'Similarly, cricketers will play only in IPL or BBL or league like that? So the ICC has to focus on how to keep ODI cricket alive, Test cricket in a sure way. Not just club cricket.

Kapil Dev also expressed that if all cricket leagues become as popular as football, then international cricket will be limited to just the World Cup. He said, 'Club cricket is fine for a while. Big Bash is fine. But the South Africa league is coming. UAE league is coming. If all the countries go to play club cricket, then international cricket will be limited to the World Cup only.

 Be aware that the IPL has got an additional window next year. England and Australia will also get schedules for domestic franchise based leagues. The cricket calendar has become so hectic at this time that players have started distancing themselves from the formats.

 Recently Ben Stokes retired from the ODI format while he will continue to play Test and T20 cricket. On the other hand, South Africa canceled the tour of Australia, which could threaten its qualification in the 2023 World Cup.

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