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India-Australia could be one of last five-match ODI series, says CA boss

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SportsCafe Desk

09/18/2017

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has indicated that the ongoing series in India could be one of the last five match ODI series as they are planning to start a 13-team ODI league. Sutherland has also batted for the World Test Championship and emphasised the importance of the same.

Cricket Australia has worked to maintain the charm of ODI and proposed 13-team ODI league. According to this proposal, teams will play six home and six away ODI games. Even after the start of the proposal, other cricket boards are free to organise their own bilateral series. Cricket Australia felt that the proposed league will give equal chance to the cricketing nations to play the same amount of ODI matches which will help them to prepare for the World Cup.

"I don't think you'll see any country playing more than three one-day matches in a series in the future," Sutherland said, reported cricket.com.au.

"They might intersperse them with some Twenty20 matches as well, but I don't think you'll see many five-match one-day series ... if the plans at ICC level unfold for a Test championship and a one-day league.

"The contemplation around one-day cricket in the future is that each country hosts six one-day matches and plays six away matches as part of that league, so that's likely going to be the limits of it."

After the introduction of the T20 format, Test cricket seems to be in danger of facing extinction. The CA chief also backed the idea of having a World Test Championship to raise the interest of the format amongst viewers. In the proposed championship, the top two teams will fight for the global Test crown at the end of each two-year cycle.

"If you think about the current series, we have just completed in Bangladesh, that had real context for the two countries involved but that context would be even more significant and highly elevated if there were points at stake as part of a Test championship," he said.

"What amplifies through that is third-party interest, so other countries, by extension, would have an interest in that series because it had a bearing on where others fitted on the ladder.

"I think that's a real positive because there are consequences that come with winning and losing that are far greater than just the bilateral series result as it stands."

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