Pragyan Ojha
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Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha believes the future of One Day International (ODI) cricket is uncertain in comparison to Test cricket, following the announcement by England all-rounder Ben Stokes that he will retire from ODIs following Tuesday’s match against South Africa.

England and South Africa will square off in an ODI series beginning on Tuesday.

Stokes has played 104 one-day internationals and will conclude his international career at his home stadium, the Seat Unique Riverside.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14 : Ben Stokes of England with the trophy after the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at Lord's on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)
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Ben Stokes Retired From ODIs To Manage His Workload

“We were worried about TEST cricket’s future but the future of ODIs looks uncertain! In future, we may see many crickets [cricketers] preferring to move away from this format. #SomethingToThinkAbout #Cricketonkoo,” Ojha wrote on Twitter.

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As far as Stokes is concerned, his ODI career will be remembered for his Player-of-the-Match performance in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s. Stokes’ undefeated 84 helped push the contest into a Super Over, as England won their first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup victory in dramatic fashion.

“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years,” Stokes said in a statement.

ODI matches, such as the recent one in Manchester, are worth watching because one spectacular inning wins the match. Depending on how players perform and compete to win, any kind of cricket is here to stay.

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