Ganguly says current ODI format to continue

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar`s suggestion to change the current ODI format and split it into four innings of 25 overs each, that was rejected by the ICC, has no place even in domestic cricket, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday.

"There is no opportunity for this new format in Indian domestic cricket because there is lot of cricket. They play four-day, five-day, one-day, Twenty20, and then get ready for IPL (Indian Premier League). They play a lot of cricket, so I don`t think they need another one for competition," Ganguly, who succeeded Sunil Gavaskar in BCCI`s technical committee, told reporters here today at a promotional event.

"I agreed with Sachin on a lot of things but at this stage having two 25 overs innings is like a T20 (Twenty20). After a certain stage T20 does get boring. If you ask the best players in the world they say they want to play Test cricket," he added.

Tendulkar had written a letter to the ICC to change the format of the ODIs from two innings of 50 overs to four of 25 overs like a Test match but the world body`s chief executive Haroon Lorgat rejected the idea.

Ganguly was of the view that ODIs have its own place and would stand the test of time.

"I think 50-over format has its place. And there is still a lot of skill required to do well in 50-over format. So I think 50-over format has done well. We have had such a great World Cup in India. So 50-over format will last," he said.


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