Pushed to the limit

Pushed to the limit

Bumble says a heavy schedule is damaging one-day cricket and calls for a limited-overs league.

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Brian charles Lara says...

Yes, David aka Bumble is absoulutely right here. The schedule of ODI games, in such a short period of time, with the WORLD CUP 2011 coming up in a matter of a couple of weeks, and they are jetsetting everywhere, playing day / night matches all over the shop (pun intended). In summary, complete and utter madness from the respective parties, its no wonder so many of the players are burned out at a young age, and suffer so many injuries as well. If I didn't read and see it, my big bright eyes wouldn't believe it!!!

Posted 21:40 9th February 2011

Maher J says...

English & Aussie media keeps thrashing India for too much cricket but surprisingly its England - Australia is the only one who plays 7 game ODI series. Indians and SA were busy few days ago but now they will have rst for more than month when WC starts.

Posted 17:53 6th February 2011

Gordon Mccullough says...

Bumble is right BUT the administrators do not care one iota. All they are interested in is to generate as much income as possible. If we are to play 7 ODI's after the test matches in such hot conditions (NB I've just been sitting at the WACA!!!) we need to send a seperate teamof players. The selectors are nowhere nearer knowing who the best SIXTEEN (never mind ELEVEN) players are for the world cup than they were before the Aussie tour. Apart from Trott and Anderson it is time to go back to the drawing board . GMc

Posted 10:22 6th February 2011

Dave Hemsley says...

I am watching the current game against Australia and as a very keen cricket fan and England supporter, I just want to comment on what a extremely disappointing performance the national side is giving. It would seem as quoted by others that we seem to be really struggling with such a long and tiring tour of both Tests & ODIs with all players looking shot to bits! I think we should have reduced the number of ODIs, especially with the World Cup around the corner? Does anyone know or can find out have we suffered so many injures to players like we are on this Tour before?

Posted 09:32 6th February 2011

Stephen Olliffe says...

Andrew strauss is an incompetent captain lacking both killer instinct and tactical nous.His obession with run rates rather than wickets is just 1 example,when ironically nothing slows the run rate more than WICKETS!

Posted 06:11 6th February 2011

James Harsims says...

Bumble, you raise some interesting points, some which I agree with. BUT,,,, 1. There are way too many ODI's and it is killing the game - I agree. 2. The ODI format should be at most a 3 match series before or after a Test series. Coupled with 2 T20 games, that should be more than enough. 3. The ODI focus should be on the WC every 4 years and all the ODI's in between are preparations for that. 4. Players (and teams) for limited overs cricket (ODI & T20) should be chosen from a specialist pool which considers the Test demands firstly.

Posted 19:23 4th February 2011

Jon H says...

A fair point with regards to the league format, but wouldn't you have the same issues again when towards the end of the two years a number of teams may already realise that they cannot win (or come close to winning) the league and would only put out weakened teams because there is little left to play for. That then would cause controversy if a team winning the league played against a couple of weakened teams in their remaining two games. Personally I think the series format is fine, but make it a best of three. Seven ODI's after a gruelling test series is madness!! Especially when one team wins the series convincingly meaning that the remaining games are pretty pointless. It's all about the test cricket for me anyway, still by far and away the best format of the game!

Posted 14:00 4th February 2011

Luke Wright says...

I dont think bumble would be even writing this article if england were winning this series.. Fair enough 7 odis are a bit too much especially with the world cup just around, however this fixtures were out a long time ago and surely back than both aust and eng should have sat down and considered the circumstances and come up with a more revised fixture list, that would see that fatigue does not come into play. and players have enough rest before going to india to play the WC. I quite like the idea of having a football like league, that very much makes a lot of sense.. i think one of the major loop holes would be that you may not get a true reflection of the winning team. For example england play india this year both teams are in good to reasonable form. Than next year one or both the teams go through a bad spell of form they will most probably be beaten in most matches by other teams. The league system can work, but i think all the teams need to play each other in a single calender year. difficult and almost impossible but no other way for a true reflection of who is the true champion. Another example (Look at chelsea last year with virtually the same players this season, and see what happen to them this season). Form keeps on changing so two years cannot be ideal

Posted 13:15 4th February 2011

Jammy Mcelroy says...

OK, so I'm not a cricket fan, but if Man U were to Play Barca every day for 3 weeks in a best of 15 league and then play 5 more 1 day "knockout" matches, how long before everyone would be bored sensless? With Cricket there's far too much info, games, news and hype about two sports teams! Who won anyway?

Posted 13:09 4th February 2011

Brat Bhaskar says...

I agree needless ODI games should removed from the international calender so that players could be fresh & well rested for important games while increasing the importance & sancitity of ODI tournaments like the World Cup which come once in 4 years as anyway the Cricket Boards now have the T20 cash cow to fill their coffers while flogging the players.

Posted 11:09 4th February 2011

Dale Williams says...

I think the idea for having a league system could work because, as you say, it means that each team will avoid rotating/resting players. One thing that interests me though, is that both England and Australia don't have a domestic 50-over format. England have a 40 over a side game whereas Australia have a split-innings format and they also use two new balls at the start of play (one from each end). I think that last part is a really good idea since it means that each ball will retain it's shape/colour for the duration of the innings. This is good for batsmen and bowlers; it also means that you get rid of that ridiculous 34 over ball change which is just too arbitrary for me. At the moment though, the one-day game is too predictable generally speaking. It goes a bit like this: first ten overs - bowling powerplay - large period of inactivity with lots of nudges and nurdles - batting powerplay with 10 and 11 at the crease. The whole point of one-day cricket is that it's meant to be exciting and predictability is the bane of excitement. One idea I've had is that it's a bit unfair bowlers only being allowed 10 overs each so you have to use at least five. Maybe you could add one additional over to a bowler for every wicket he takes, that way the bowlers have an extra incentive to take wickets and the fans get to see higher quality bowling for a longer period of time. Back to your thoughts, I definitely think that a league system would work better than the current one-day ranking system which has just become farcical. First off, teams change positions after every game and secondly, if you've had a look at the world cup groups, you end up with heavily lopsided groupings. Bangladesh have just thrashed New Zealand 4-0 in a recent one-day series and they're in the same group as England, South Africa and India. I reckon if you have a league then you could have bonus points for inflicting heavy defeats accounting for weaker teams

Posted 16:09 3rd February 2011

Linda Holland says...

I totally agree that there have been far too many games played in Australia. Both English and Australian players must be exhausted as there does not seem to be much of a gap between games. Also, I am getting extremely tired getting up at 4am nearly every other day !!!!

Posted 15:11 3rd February 2011

Dave Jones says...

I've tried to watch all of the one dayers but they are very hard work. I would have thought that given the length of this tour and the proximity of the world cup then this should have been limited to a three day series, in a couple of locations not used in the Ashes, followed by a period of r&r. All that has happened is that England are now more confused than ever on who will open. KP has again been let off the hook by playing one large innings per tour, and poor old Colly doesn't seem to know whether he's a batter or bowler. I really can't see us doing anything in the sub continent and wouldn't back against one of the home sides.

Posted 14:44 3rd February 2011

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