ODI cricket as we know is going to change completely. Very soon.

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ODI cricket as we know is going to change completely. Very soon.

One-day cricket looks set for a major overhaul as the ICC is set to propose a league of 13 nations that will play against each other over three years ending at the World Cup. The move could give much-needed importance to bilateral series and may bring the associates finally into the limelight.

Not since the days of Kerry Packer has one-day cricket been at the cusp of such a major revolution. 40 years later, the ICC is set to table the plans at its annual general meeting later this month. The move is expected to come into force from 2019, reported the Telegraph. Coming on the heels of the move to introduce a two-tier format to Test cricket with relegation and promotion between them, the move is set to revolutionize the sport forever.

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1. One-day cricket has long been played based on the whims of the powerful with bilateral series being decided ad-hoc and with the less-endowed left on the sidelines more often than not. The new move proposes that each team play a three-match series against each of the other 12 nations, either at home or away, and over a three-year period. That takes it to 36 ODIs for each team.The results of the league would determine qualification and the seedings for the World Cup.

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The bottom-ranked team at the end of the period would be relegated to the World Cricket League Championship, the second tier of one-day cricket.

Teams are free to organize matches outside the 36 ODIs, but these would not count towards the scoring for the league .

2. Associate nations, have for some time, been knocking at the doors of International cricket, and have been denied a chance. That may change with the ICC looking to broaden the elite level to 13 – Afghanistan, Ireland, and Scotland may be the ones to enter the league in 2019, said the Telegraph.

Afghanistan against England at the T20 World Cup © Getty

The move is believed to provide one-day cricket with much-needed relevance even as odd voices have been calling for the scrapping of the “middle-ground” format while retaining the T20 and Test formats. This could also help generate higher revenues from tickets and broadcasting rights which have seen a slump in recent years.

The plans will be tabled at the ICC’s annual conference at Edinburgh around the end of June, reported the Telegraph.

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