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Champions Trophy will prove ODIs can survive: Lorgat

ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat feels ODI cricket still attracts large crowds and considers it as one of the positive sign that people still love the game

Champions Trophy will prove ODIs can survive: Lorgat - Cricket News
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat is confident about the future and success of ODI cricket.
Amid growing concerns about One-day cricket's future, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat has said the upcoming Champions Trophy will prove there is enough space for the 50-over format as it battles the Twenty20 onslaught. "In the context of 50-over cricket this is an important tournament," Lorgat said.

"It reminds me of a year ago when people were talking about the death of Test cricket, with no crowds being there and so on. Similarly with the ODIs, I think we are maybe running ahead of ourselves."

"Look at England where there is a lot of interest still in the ODI series despite England being so far behind Australia, crowds are still turning up. Similarly in the recent tri-series in Sri Lanka. We will see here, with the Champions Trophy, that there is a place for the ODI format in cricket," he added.

Eight nations will compete in the Champions Trophy which begins September 22 in Johannesburg, amid increasing speculation that the format will not survive.

England has already scrapped its domestic 50-over tournament and according to the ICC's cricket manager Dave Richardson, South Africa is also toying with the idea of a four-innings format domestically. Many former and current cricketers have also come out with different formulae to save the game.

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has suggested breaking the ODIs into four innings of 25 overs each.  

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