No more one-day internationals in 2012

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England have thrived since changes to one-day internationals led to lower totals.

There – that’s our slightly premature England v South Africa series review done and dusted. Now let’s move onto an odd fact: Wednesday’s match will be the final 50-over international of the year involving any nation.

Okay, so this is largely due to the fact that the Twenty20 World Cup is coming, but still – it’s pretty unusual to go that long without at least four seven-match series taking place.

We haven’t really examined our emotions regarding this. We’re probably delighted.


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  1. If Pakistan’s tour to India happens in December then its possible that more ODIs are played this year. Am I right or am I right?

  2. Good riddance!

    The ICC should increase the amount of T20s that each country can play, which would ensure we get series of meaningless T20s instead. At least they are over quicker.

  3. Without this article, KC, the absence of ODI’s might have passed unnoticed.

    I don’t know whether to commend you or berate you for your observation.

    Isn’t there to be some sort of change to the paying conditions (yet again) between now and the next ODI? I seem to recall some weasel words form the ICC along the lines of “in order to stop chopping and changing the ODI playing conditions at frequent intervals, we are chopping and changing the playing conditions once more to…”

  4. KC…your post reminds us of a most welcome quirk in the ridiculousness called international cricket scheduling. If there is a method to the madness I fail to see it. The ICC seems to be trying their best to kill cricket. The absence of ODIs for the remainder of the year is in that context only a quirk but most welcome.

    1. Just as an addendum: the twist in the turn is that the SL tour to WI next May is being changed from Tests/ODI/T20s to a tri series (that most meaningless of all tourney formats) of ODIs.

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