Terminate ODI cricket - Swann

2011-11-26 14:24
Graeme Swann (File)

London - England's star spinner Graeme Swann told the BBC he wants an end to one day international cricket.

The 32-year-old - who has slipped from the top of the bowler's rankings in that format of cricket to third - said it was not an enjoyable experience playing the 50 a side game.

He added that the recent postponement of the world Test series - England are presently ranked first in the world - by the sport's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) was a mistake.

"I think one-day cricket will have to give at some point, hopefully for everyone," said Swann, who has taken 90 wickets in 64 one-day internationals at an average of 25.43.

"I don't think that game should carry on for much longer.

"For me it's not as enjoyable to play in. I think Test cricket and Twenty20 are the way forward for cricket," added Swann, a member of two successive Ashes winning sides.

Swann, who had a miserable one day series against world champions India in October and was dropped for the final match, said that something had to give in the increasingly crowded international schedule.

"We do play too much cricket and if something had to give my choice would be 50-over cricket, or make it 40-over cricket or something," added Swann.

"But that's a purely personal choice. I don't think many people agree with me.

"I think I will finish (playing) before any changes take place so I will carry on playing whatever they put in front of me."

The ICC's decision to cave in to pressure from a television broadcaster and postpone the inaugural World Test Championship - due to be staged in England in 2013 - in favour of the more lucrative 50-over Champions Trophy was blasted by Swann.

"This is frustrating because being English we rate Test cricket above and beyond anything else, and certainly the Champions Trophy," said Swann.

"(Abandoning the Test Championship) is a bit disturbing and short-sighted in my view but I'm not the powers that be."

Swann is not the first to criticise the decline in importance by the authorities of Test cricket with many slamming the decision to make the recent South Africa v Australia series a two match head to head which ended up a thrilling spectacle and a 1-1 draw.

Read more on:    ecb  |  international  |  graeme swann


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Australia won their fifth Cricket World Cup over the weekend. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth that the Proteas didn't get to play them?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.