The entire cricket world has been buzzing about ODI cricket for several days. Some do not see the future of ODI cricket, some say that ODI cricket is dying out. However, Tamim Iqbal
, the ODI captain of the Bangladesh
team, said that the ODI game is the most important in limited overs cricket.
Participating in all three formats of cricket has now become very difficult for cricketers. Superstars like Ben Stokes also announced retirement from the ODI format. The issue has made the cricket arena think. Many have suggested skipping ODI cricket.
However, International Cricket Council (ICC) did not take into account the suggestions of Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Usman Khawaja etc. ICC has arranged the Future Tour Plan or FTP with equal importance to all three formats. Now Tamim also said that there is no way to deny the importance of ODI cricket.
Ahead of the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, Tamim was asked about the future and prospects of ODI cricket. In response to the question, Tamim said, “I think it is a very important format. ICC has also talked about it. It is a format that everyone likes to watch. T20 World Cup is not the biggest event. ODI World Cup is the biggest event. It is a very important format for me.”
Franchise cricket has basically become the challenge of ODI format. Almost all Test playing countries now have franchise T20 leagues, T-10 has also emerged. Cricketers are losing interest in ODI cricket due to this. However, in the upcoming FTP, Bangladesh will play the maximum number of 59 matches in ODIs. Sri Lanka
will play the second highest number of 58 ODIs. No other team has reached fifty ODI matches.