There have been a lot of questions over the future of the ODIs after the World Cup 2023. Recently, the Marylebone Cricket Club suggested the International Cricket Board reduce the number of ODI bilateral series. The argument is about the lack of interest among the fans in the format. The revenue share also suggests that ODIs have a lesser reach towards audience, compared to T20 formats.
Joe Root, the star player from England, has also talked about the same. The English batter was unsure about the future of the ODIs after the World Cup 2023. "There’s talk of whether this format is relevant any more anyway, in international cricket. Whether that gets changed, I don’t know. Who knows how things move in the future? It’s got a huge amount of history and it brings a lot to cricket," said Root.
The star cricketer felt that ODIs had been a special part of his career. "It will always hold a very special part of my heart for what it’s given me throughout my career. I think that’s a question that should be posed to the next generation of players, and to everyone watching the game, really," added Root, who asked the future generation of fans about their preferences.
It should be down to what people want to watch - Joe Root
Root also felt that the future of the format depends on the revenue it could generate. "It shouldn’t be down to, ‘is it bringing the most money for the sport?’ It should be down to what people want to watch, and what’s going to engage the next generation of players. Because in the long term, I think that’s going to be most beneficial for cricket all-round," added Root.
"When you’re not playing the format, it’s hard to know who the best players are. It would have been nice to have a proper run in, naturally - and not just a rushed block of eight-10 games or whatever. It would have been nice to do it over a six-month period where you slowly work things through as a group," Root concluded.