August 10, 2022
The Hundred 2022 – Moeen Ali becomes latest player to predict the demise of ODI cricket


Moeen Ali has become the latest high-profile cricketer to have a volatile schedule and predict that the end of One Day Internationals is near.

In the past month, Moeen’s teammates such as Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes have urged cricket’s governing bodies to re-evaluate the schedule during the period in which England played 12 white-ball matches against India and South Africa in 25 days. matches were played.

Stokes, who retired from ODIs during this period to prolong his future in Tests (as captain) and Twenty20 ahead of the World Cup this winter, called for change in the media around his departure. used the engagements. “We are not cars,” he said. “You can’t just fill us up and we’ll go there and be ready to refuel.”

Interim ECB chief executive Claire Connor, speaking to the BBC earlier this week, addressed Stokes’ comments, confirming that the governing body has heard his and other players’ concerns. “It’s something we have to deal with – it’s with us players, other boards, the International Cricket Council and the Professional Cricketers’ Association.”

This is a problem that is only going to be exacerbated by an increase in franchise competitions in the calendar. With the Hundred, which started its second season on Wednesday, new T20 offerings have sprouted up in the UAE and South Africa to step on each other’s toes and fingers of the international game.

Speaking ahead of the launch of KP Snacks’ summer cricket roadshow at The Black Prince’s Trust at The Oval, ahead of his first game of the Hundred this summer, Birmingham Phoenix captain Moeen lamented an international and domestic schedule that had to be settled. was required.

“It’s everywhere in the minute,” he said. “You’re trying to get some franchise gigs that are decent, but you’re going to miss some Test matches or ODIs – that’s the horrible bit, I think, because you want to play for England as much as you do. You don’t want to disappear… I hated to relax when I was a little bit younger.

“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 few years because it’s almost too long, boring, if that makes sense. It’s almost like you have. There are T20s, you have Test matches that are great and then there are 50 overs in the middle – it’s not given any importance at the moment.

“So yeah, I think there’s a lot more – personally I think there’s a lot going on. It’s kind of great, because cricket is always played, but it gets in the way of international cricket in my opinion. should never come.”

Moeen also warned that players are now choosing to do like Stokes and give up one format of the game for the sake of their own ambitions and well-being. The offspinning all-rounder did the same in late summer 2021, when he ruled himself out of Test selection, only to admit he was set to add 64 caps to his side in June.

“Best cricket ever to play international cricket in all three formats. No doubt about it,” he said. “But I worry that there are so many tournaments out there that players are retiring more now – and you will soon see more retiring – because of overlapping schedules.

They currently have no plans to reduce any of their existing obligations. Although there is a possibility of a Test recall for the tour of Pakistan later in the year, it is isolated enough not to affect other commitments in the winter. But, at 35, he sympathizes with those early in his career when deciding which path to take at a time when the cricket ecosystem is in a state of constant flux.

“From my point of view, because I’m in my late 30s, it’s easy for me to go right like I did, where you don’t play Test matches, now you focus on franchise cricket. Whereas if you’re a youth Along with coming as a player, there is a lot to earn money from international cricket as well.

“So you’re almost like I’m not too upset because in terms of money, you lose that appetite and I think you lose that thirst for Test cricket, which is absolute pinnacle.

“If I don’t play I’ve got a lot in there. And it’s really a threat because there are so many Test matches, especially the way England are playing at the moment, there’s a lot of potential. And I know that it’s too early but there are a lot of good players out there who can easily turn their backs on test cricket a bit – can’t turn their backs but not worried they need to play test cricket while i think almost 10 or 15 years ago, it was all about playing Test cricket.”

KP Snacks, The Hundred’s official team partner, is touring the country this summer to provide people with more opportunities to play cricket as part of their ‘Everyone In’ campaign. see everyone.co.uk/about

ESPNcricinfo. Associate Editor Vithushan Anthrajah

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