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ODI is irrelevant and struggling: Dravid

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Mumbai: Rahul Dravid, the former India captain, said of the three formats of the game, ODI cricket at present was largely irrelevant and struggling to survive.

“I think one-day cricket is seriously struggling, without a context. One-day cricket, if you look at it from the point of view of Champions Trophy or the World Cup, is relevant,” he said at an interactive session after delivering the sixth Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture on Friday.

“I think all the other one-day cricket should actually be driven towards playing Champions Trophy and World Cup. I think there are meaningless one-day games and too many one-day games can actually be a problem.

“So, that is something that can be cut off and people can play less one-day (bilateral) cricket and more ODI tournaments,” Dravid said.

“When you have three formats of the game and playing 10 months a year and playing different tournaments, it is going to be harder and harder on players to manage the workload,” the 41-year-old cricketer said.

Speaking about the proliferation of illegal bowling actions with highly successful Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal having recently being banned for it, Dravid said ‘chucking’ was not a crime but a technical fault that can be corrected.

“ICC has a rule in place. When they reviewed a lot of old film footage they actually found that having that elbow bent at 15 degrees was actually pretty normal. That is what everyone was doing. Glenn McGrath had a slight bend in his elbow but up to 15 degrees, so he was not chucking. They have a system in place.

“What I am really glad about is that they are enforcing it strictly and they are reviewing it. I give them the benefit of doubt. The ICC is being more vigilant and they are not saying that once you have cleared in 2009, you can’t be checked again. So they have got to keep monitoring it and watching it closely and if bowlers develop different kinds of deliveries, then why not have them checked?”

“Personally I don’t think you should see chucking as a crime. I think it is just a technical fault that people have and view it like that. You have a technical fault in your action, go out and correct it and come back,” said the former Test batting stalwart.

“You have (bowled) a no-ball when you overstep the line and nobody says you are cheating. They say come back behind the line and here they say come back behind 15 degrees and play the game.”

 

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