The World Cup matters – let’s clarify that first of all – but other one-day international (ODI) series don’t.
That is a new, official King Cricket editorial stance.
Why ODIs don’t matter
Between squad rotation, experimentation, dead rubbers and lack of interest from fans and players, we no longer see the average ODI as being an international cricket fixture. Writing about them as such maintains the illusion and amounts to tacit acceptance of scheduling that we believe is wrong.
The fans and the media fuel the game and therefore ODI coverage supports what we see as an unacceptable situation. While posts on this website form an almost unimaginably minuscule part of that media coverage, why be a hypocrite?
We have nothing against the ODI format. This is all about the needlessly congested fixture list and the majority of this applies equally to Twenty20 internationals.
What happens next?
It’s not that we’ll ignore ODIs. It’s just that they don’t matter.
If there is a one-day series before a Test series, it helps build the narrative for the matches that do matter – the Tests. Those ODIs have merit in that they support the Tests, setting the scene, providing intrigue. They are like warm-up matches. That’s how we’ll treat them.
If there is a one-day series after a Test series, we really will struggle. These matches might be of interest in terms of setting the scene for the only ODIs that do matter – World Cup matches – or they might offer a chance to look at a new player who might go on to play proper international matches. That’s all though. We can’t imagine they’ll get much attention.
For us, an international cricket match has to be special; it has to be an event. You can’t have an event every day and this is our way of taking a stand.