Experts for restructuring ODI format

Published on Sep 24, 2004 02:36 AM IST

One-day cricket, as it exists, will need restructuring otherwise it would lose its identity as an exciting brand of cricket, say experts.

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PTI | ByAshish Shukla (PTI), London

The world's second greatest stage by the name Champions Trophy has thrown up a few issues which would be heard for long in days to come.

One-day cricket, as it exists, will need restructuring otherwise it would lose its identity as an exciting brand of cricket.

There are far too many meaningless teams, far too pedestrian matches and far too predictable patterns for a cricket fan to be really excited about the game all day through.

Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer wants the first 15 overs to be divided in three stretches of five overs each which a fielding team can use at its discretion during the 50-overs game.

In other words, a batting team will have the option to enforce the field restriction rule for a five-over period any time during the game.

"It would stop the middle overs from being predictable," Woolmer said.

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