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PCB endorses Sachin's idea of four-innings ODI

Endorsing Sachin Tendulkar's view of splitting one-day international matches into four innings with 25 overs each, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the proposal was a sensible one which can revive popularity of the format.

cricket Updated: Sep 13, 2009 22:39 IST

Endorsing Sachin Tendulkar's view of splitting one-day international matches into four innings with 25 overs each, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the proposal was a sensible one which can revive popularity of the format.

Sultan Rana, chief of PCB's domestic cricket department, who has also worked for Asian Cricket Council as a development officer, backed the proposal to split one-day international matches into four innings.

"If the International Cricket Council allows its members to experiment with this new format we will definitely be keen to try it out because our domestic structure is tailormade for this new concept," Rana said.

A member of the famous Rana cricket family in Pakistan, Sultan feels many countries would soon try to experiment with the four-innings concept in their domestic level events.

"I think it is going to happen soon. Because by splitting one-day games into four innings will basically allow the ICC and other countries to make one-day matches as interesting and popular as Twenty20 matches are now," he said.

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, however, did not buy the idea given by India's master batsman and opined that the ICC should not try to tinker with the existing 50-over format of the one-dayers.

"We will discuss this issue internally and be prepared for it when countries are allowed to try out the new format. One has to change with time and I think cricket also has to undergo slight changes with time," Rana said.

Rana also pointed out that the Indian sub-continent, which also includes Pakistan, is the ideal stage to experiment with different options and new concepts of cricket because of the game's immense popularity among public.