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Imran differs with Tendulkar, says ODI doesn't need tinkering

cricket Updated: Sep 06, 2009 14:48 IST
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Sachin Tendulkar's idea of rejigging the ODI format doesn't impress Pakistani great Imran Khan, who believes the 50-over game has its own charm and there is no need to tinker with it.

"Every format of the sport has its own utility and charm and it is better not to try to change these formats," said Imran, who is here on a two-day fund-raising campaign for his Shaukat Khanum cancer research hospital along with fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

"I don't think the growing popularity of Twenty20 cricket poses any threat to Test or 50-over matches if the international calendar is balanced properly," said the cricketer-turned-politician.

Tendulkar had recently suggested splitting the 50-over matches into two innings of 25-overs each.

Imran said after Test matches, ODIs provided toughest challenge for a players and the International Cricket Council or its member boards should not try to reduce the number of overs to 40 or less.

"Imran basically told him that if he gets back into the team and does well, everyone would forget his past and only remember the present. Imran told Shoaib he needs to work hard on his fitness," the source said.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim has also made it clear that if Shoaib wanted to make a comeback to the Pakistan team, he needed to change his attitude and be more positive.

"Shoaib can still play for Pakistan, provided he works hard on his fitness. But I think he also needs to work on improving his relations with the board," Qasim said.

The board seems willing to give the fast bowler another chance as it has completely played down the issue of a showcause notice issued to Shoaib in July for appearing on a television talk show without seeking a clearance.

Shoaib is said to have apologised for his mistake, which pleased the board.

"If Shoaib can improve his attitude, behaviour and be more disciplined and focused he is still an asset for the Pakistan team," a former Test player at the function said.