International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Greg Barclay has admitted that they have missed a bit in the ODIs, but it is something that is in progress. He also highlighted how the World Cup Super League is helping partner nations to make their mark.
The Netherlands team recently became the second team from the Qualifiers to reach the main tournament in India later this year. Following their victory, they, along with other partner nations, put out calls to continue the World Cup Super League (WCSL) in some form for the 2027 event, which will feature 14 teams in the main tournament.
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In the ICC ODI Super League, 13 teams participated and it allowed partner teams to also play against top-ranked teams. It’s fair to say that the ODI Super League played a huge role in keeping the 50+ year old format alive and exciting.
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ICC President Greg Barclay admitted that the Super League helped associated teams. He also confirmed that either the league or something related to it will be there. Speaking at a press conference, Greg Barclay said (quoted by ESPNCricinfo):
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“I don’t think there is any doubt that the Super League was a great help in terms of a path to partner countries. The fact that you’re seeing some of the performances of the associate members here, in large part, was due to the fact that they’ve had the experience of playing against teams ranked higher than where they are.
“It’s a job at. It’s no secret that T20 is in a pretty good place, Test Cricket have had a shot in the arm. [with the World Test Championship] but maybe we’ve gotten a little lost in the 50+ format. We need to address both the context and the relevance and experience around that. Is that a recreation of the Super League or something equivalent? I don’t know, but I suspect the answer to that will be yes. We need to do something.”
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ICC World Cup 2023: “We need to make sure one-day cricket still has a following,” says Greg Barclay
The increasing advent of T20s has put the ODI format under the scanner. Calls have been made by many greats of the game to shorten the game and reduce it to 40 overs. But with the World Cup just around the corner, all talk could end.
Greg Barclay admitted that the ODI format is at risk at the moment, but they need to find ways to keep the ODIs alive. Greg Barclay explained:
“We need to make sure that one day cricket continues to have a following. There is a risk at this moment of being very irrelevant in terms of the bilateral arrangements that are made. We have 14 teams. [qualifying for the World Cup] in the next cycle, so we need to make sure they are competitive and ready when they get to those events.” He concluded.
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