Very few spectators turned up in the recent ODI series between Australia and England
These include the last match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
This series started only 4 days after England won the T20 World Cup.
Auckland. The 3-match ODI series between India and New Zealand is starting from 25 November. Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson gave birth to a new debate by making a big statement. Williamson said playing too much cricket is losing interest, which is the reason why stadium attendance has been low during the recent ODI series between England and Australia. He said that bilateral series have to be made more relevant to attract fans to the stadiums.
Very few spectators reached the stadium in the recent ODI series between Australia and England. These include the last match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This series started only 4 days after England won the T20 World Cup. The growing popularity of T20 and the busy international calendar has led to debate about the existence of the 50-over format.
ICC tournaments popular, but…
Williamson said on the eve of the first ODI against India, “It is unfortunate to see but it shows how much cricket is being played. There is no doubt that ICC tournaments are popular and a lot of cricket is being played. The World Cup was also held in Australia, so a lot of cricket was played there.” He said, “So it should be ensured that the game, especially the bilateral series, is made more relevant.”
need to be more attractive
Williamson was asked whether the existence of ODI cricket is in danger? To this Kane said, “It is difficult to say, but yes it has to be arranged somewhere. I do not know what form it will take. Most of the teams have two teams nowadays. There has been constant talk of making it more attractive.
That’s why the discussion of selecting coaching staff and separate team started
Talks of a different coaching staff and a different team for a different format have started after England’s triumph in the T20 World Cup and the New Zealand skipper feels a busy schedule is also playing a part in it. He said, “Yeah, it seems to be happening more and more and you can understand why. There is a lot of cricket being played and you cannot play in all the matches. That’s why the team is taking a new format in every format.
Williamson said, “But I like to play in all three formats right now and I enjoy adapting myself to all three.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 16:17 IST