40-over cricket is better than 50-over cricket: Khawaja and Zampa

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50-Over cricket on the brink of extinction


40 Overs Cricket: The popularity of the T20 World Cup, whose 2022 edition will begin in less than a week in Australia. And the proliferation of domestic T20 leagues around the world has led to a view that ODI cricket is in decline.


Although the ODI World Cup, which India will host in 2019. Is predicted to be a huge success. But experts assert that there is no disputing the decline in interest in the format.


Wasim Akram, a legendary bowler, and former Pakistani captain was categorically in support of Ben Stokes and felt that the 50-over format had lost all significance. Wasim a few days after Stokes made his choice. He went on to claim that he found the one-day game boring while commentating!


Khawaja’s opinion on the change in format 


I would prefer one-day cricket better if it were 40 overs. According to Khawaja, a veteran of 50 Tests and 40 ODIs whose batting brilliance during the home series of the 2021/22 Ashes destroyed England. I would, truly.


The 35-year-old batter said to Daily Mail. “I played Pro40s in England a few years ago when they were playing 40-over cricket. I loved it,” I really enjoyed it.


“T20 cricket’s awesome, Test cricket is the pinnacle, I just feel like one-day cricket. If it could be 40 overs I reckon that would just take out the middle bit and it would just be (perfect).” 


“You get to 25 overs and you look up and you’re like oh crap, there are only 15 overs left, alright let’s go again. So you don’t have that little lull. That’s my only objection to one-day cricket.”


Aaron Finch‘s statement 


Despite his recent retirement from ODI cricket due to poor form, Australia T20I captain Aaron Finch disagrees. “The same debate keeps coming up every couple of years when you’re 12 months out from a World Cup,” 


“People try and find relevance in it, but the World Cup rolls around and it’ll be bigger than Ben-Hur again and then another format will be on the chopping block.”


Zampa’ comments 


The 50-over cricket format, according to Australia’s Adam Zampa, requires some rule changes to be more interesting. “In one-day cricket, it seems like there are around 10 middle overs that either need to be eliminated or used for something more entertaining, Alternatively, there may be bonuses. More free hits, or anything similar between overs 20 and 30. Make it a little bit more intriguing. 


The main thing is that Zampa is running out of time to be ready for the T20 World Cup as he is coming back from injury.


What’s the future of ODI cricket 

In my opinion, ODI cricket’s future is uncertain. The way we watch the game, and play it. As fans will all experience an explosion of creativity and innovation.

We must prepare for a constant stream of adjustments as the game of cricket develops as a whole.

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