Former England captain Michael Vaughan has estimated there will be a period when ODI cricket will only be played once in four years.
In 2021, a year when the T20 World Cup was held in the deserted United Arab Emirates and the inaugural Test World Championship final was held in Southampton, the focus on ODI matches by members full-time CCI was comparatively less. A total of 74 ODI matches, including those played by associate members, were played last year.
On the other hand, the shortest format was played 334 times while there were 45 red ball matches on the international scene, without forgetting that the associated members do not play any Test matches. India have played just six ODI games and 2019 World Cup winners England have played nine.
Cricket at 50 will be played every four years at the World Cup: Michael Vaughan
Vaughan, who has made 86 ODI appearances in his nine-year international career, believes ODI matches will only be staged at the 50+ World Cup, which takes place every four years.
“Amidst all this, it is also very difficult to continue with cricket over 50. It may be that the only over-50 cricket that will be played will be every four years at the World Cup,” Vaughan told Ravichandran Ashwin on the latter’s YouTube channel.
“I know there will be diehards who will wonder how good you will be at over 50 cricket if you don’t play it? But over 50 cricket is now just an extension of the T20 cricket. Players try to bat like T20 cricket for 50 overs. That’s why you regularly see 350 to 400 scores,” he added.
White ball and red ball cricket is like a college course: Michael Vaughan
Since the arrival of the World Test Championship, fans have been captivated by the intense red ball battle between two teams over the course of five days. With the invention of the T20 format, many opportunities opened up for players around the world in the form of franchise T20 tournaments.
Vaughan admitted that if he was playing in the current era, he would also have improved his skills to become a better white ball player. The former England skipper has set both formats in the similar ranks of a college course, where the chances of getting into the red ball format are a daunting task.
“If I was an emerging player in that era, I would do exactly what the modern player does, trying to be as good a white ball player as possible. If that helped me be a good Test player , so fantastic, I wish I was both. But it’s like a college course. There are more opportunities and jobs studying white ball cricket than studying red ball cricket,” said said Vaughan.
“So I studied four years of red ball cricket for 11 places, or I can study white ball cricket, and that leaves me with, phew, how many leagues are there? There are so many leagues The Hundred, Big Bash, IPL, PSL, CPL, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and T10 as well.-ball says it’s ok, there’s also this course which can add skills as well, and c is red ball cricket,” he added.
Vaughan was captain of the England side that won the 2005 Ashes at home by a 2-1 margin and is still considered one of the best Test series of all time.
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