The renowned Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram noted that the 50-over format felt like a drag following the success of Twenty20 international cricket.
This comes in response to England superstar Ben Stokes’ shocking announcement that he will retire from One Day Internationals (ODIs).
Former Pakistani captain Akram, who is frequently regarded as one of the best bowlers in two of the most pristine formats, has supported all-rounder Stokes’ decision to end his remarkable 50-over career for the Three Lions.
Stokes, who orchestrated England’s remarkable comeback in the 2019 ODI World Cup final at historic Lord’s, announced his retirement from the 50-over format after playing his final match on Tuesday.
Stokes announced that the first ODI between the Jos Buttler-led team and the visiting South Africa will be his final ODI after England lost the series to India. Questions concerning the crammed schedule of international cricket have been raised by Stokes’ retirement from One-Day International cricket.
‘Players are focusing more on the shorter format’: Wasim Akram
On the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast, Wasim Akram discussed his thoughts on Stokes’ decision to retire from the 50-over format and explained why ODIs are no longer relevant in the contemporary day.
“A player must put in a lot of effort to play one day of cricket. One-day cricket appears to continue for days after T20. So, the shorter format is getting greater attention from players. And certainly longer format [with] Test cricket, “added Akram.
The Pakistani team that won the 1992 50-over World Cup with Imran Khan’s team also pushed authorities to abolish the 50-over format. “In my opinion. You have full houses in England. You will not see stadiums packed for one-day cricket in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, especially, “added Akram.
The spotlight will likely move to ODI cricket following the end of the ICC World T20 2022 in Australia because India will host the following 50-over World Cup in 2023.