Warne calls for end to one-day cricket

Shane Warne has called for the abolition of 50-overs internationals in favour of the Twenty20 game.

updated: August 18, 2009 18:04 IST
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New Delhi:

Former Australia Test cricketer Shane Warne has called for the end of one-day cricket, saying that the 50-over format has "passed its sell-by date".

"This is a big call, but cricket evolves and the 50-over game has passed its sell-by date. It's amazing to think that after the Ashes series England and Australia play seven one-day games, which take about a month. Sorry, but that's just greed on the part of administrators. From now on, we should be playing Tests and Twenty20 internationals, with a Twenty20 World Cup every two years," wrote in his weekly column in the London Times

Warne wrote: The players would be freed up to spend more time at domestic level, grass-roots cricket and time at home with families. Test cricket is just that a test of every part of your game. Twenty20 is the entertainment and fun side of the game and also will bring in the big revenue. Under my plan a tour would last roughly five weeks: three Tests with a warm-up game and five Twenty20s in a ten-day period. The Ashes would stay as a five-match series.