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ICC hopes to retain all-format players in busy calendar

The Worldwide Cricket Council is optimistic of retaining the sport’s all-format gamers regardless of their mounting workload in a busy calendar, chief govt Geoff Allardice mentioned.


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England talisman Ben Stokes stop the 50-overs format final month, citing an “unsustainable” schedule, whereas India’s Virat Kohli has been vocal concerning the rising workload on gamers.

“There’ll nonetheless be all-format gamers,” Allardice informed the ESPNcricinfo web site.

“Whether or not they play each match that their nation schedules in these codecs is a special query.”

Proliferation of franchise-based leagues and the ICC’s personal plans to have one world occasion yearly have added pressure to the calendar.

Allardice mentioned gamers prioritising varied codecs was not a brand new phenomenon and that the present calendar had backlogs from when the pandemic had brought on a number of collection to be postponed.

“…definitely, the steadiness of gamers taking part in worldwide cricket versus home leagues will proceed to evolve,” he mentioned.

“I am hoping that one of the best gamers play worldwide cricket as typically as they will.”

Most gamers nonetheless had a “big ambition” to play in World Cups and ICC occasions, he mentioned.

“It is a case of discovering that steadiness in how they spend their calendar 12 months, throughout which worldwide competitions, which collection and which leagues they need to play.”

In addition to, it was not a common downside, he mentioned.

“There are just some international locations which might be going to wish to do this. There’s numerous international locations wanting worldwide fixtures.”

“There isn’t any scarcity of demand for worldwide cricket among the many members,” he mentioned.

As for gamers’ workload, it was for particular person boards to deal with the problem, Allardice mentioned.

“The administration of their gamers, it is not one thing that essentially bounces off to the ICC on any form of common foundation.”

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