Mumbai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) provided ample indication that the 50-over game does not need major changes to make it more interesting despite a threat in the form of Twenty20 cricket. Here's what ICC General Manager Dave Richardson told MiD DAY on Tuesday when asked about batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's letter (sent in May before the cricket committee meeting) to cricket's apex body, suggesting radical changes to the ODI format: "I can confirm to you that they (the ideas) were thoroughly discussed (by the cricket committee headed by Clive Lloyd in May), but we decided not to go with them." (Also Read: Tendulkar writes to Lorgat asking for changes in ODI format)
Can't revisit plan
Tendulkar, having appeared in a world record 453 ODIs, has been a strong believer for a while that the format must be split into four equal innings (of 25 overs each). "Lots of people have come up with different ideas to revamp the ODI format. So, he's surely not the only one," added Richardson. Asked if ICC would revisit the ideas in the future, the former South African wicketkeeper said: "No, they have been dealt with already."
Veteran journalist and president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Christopher Martin-Jenkins revealed the contents of Tendulkar's letter to ICC in The Times on Tuesday. "He (Tendulkar) argues that four alternate innings of 25 overs for each side in an international would be the fairest way of balancing the advantages gained by the team that win the toss when pitch and weather conditions mean that a match can virtually be decided by the spin of a coin.