Ever since England all-rounder Ben Stokes announced his effective retirement from international cricket for one day, citing health and wellness and workload management, various current and former players have raised concerns about the expansion of the cricket calendar. Many ODIs lose value and meaning. Another British all-rounder, Moeen Ali, said the One-Day International (ODI) format was a ‘long and tedious format’ and was in serious danger of being hidden. He also stated that playing all three of his formats of the game is currently unfeasible.
Now that the T20 format is so popular, the One Day Internationals format is losing its lustre, Moeen Ali explains. This big comment comes amidst a controversy in which the former greats were already discussing his ODI future.
Speaking to Cricket365, Ali expressed his belief that ODI will go down in history as the importance of 50 over-games diminishes by the day. He explained that if this trend continues, players will lose interest in participating in the format in a few years.
“At the moment it’s not sustainable in my opinion. Something has to be done because I fear losing the 50-over format in a couple of years because it’s almost like the long, boring one if that makes sense. It’s almost like you’ve got T20s, you’ve got the Test matches which are great and then the 50 overs is just in the middle – there’s no importance given to it at the moment,”added by Moeen Ali.
“It just feels like it’s going that way and there’s nothing you can do because I think the interest in 50-over cricket is not there as it probably once was. So yeah, having won it (World Cup) in 2019, it’s a difficult one because I genuinely feel in two to three years’ time, nobody’s going to want to play it. It’s a bit like our domestic stuff here at the moment; there’s the Hundred while the 50-over (Royal London ODI Championship) is going on and there’s not that much interest in it compared to the County Championship, the Vitality Blast and the Hundred,”
“International cricket in all three formats is by far the best cricket to play. There’s no doubt about that, but I do worry that there are so many tournaments out there that players are retiring more now and you’ll see more players retiring soon”, further added by him.