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Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid believes that “one-day cricket is seriously struggling”.
Dravid noted that more ODI tournaments, like the Champions Trophy and World Cup, are needed if the format is to have a bright future.
“I think one-day cricket is seriously struggling,” he said. “One-day cricket, without a context, is struggling. One-day cricket, if you look at it from the point of view of the Champions Trophy or the World Cup, is relevant.
“I think all other one-day cricket should actually be driven towards playing the Champions Trophy and World Cup. I think there are meaningless one-day games and too many one-day games can actually be a problem.
“So, that is something that can be cut off and people can play less one-day (bilateral) cricket and more ODI tournaments.
“When you have three formats of the game and playing 10 months a year and playing different tournaments, it is going to be harder and harder on players to manage the workload.”
Dravid also lauded the International Cricket Council (ICC) for banning Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal after his bowling action was found to be illegal.
“The ICC has rules in place,” he said. “When they reviewed a lot of old film footage they actually found that having that elbow bent at 15 degrees was actually pretty normal. That is what everyone was doing. Glenn McGrath had a slight bend in his elbow but up to 15 degrees, so he was not chucking. They have a system in place.
“What I am really glad about is that they are enforcing it strictly and they are reviewing it. I give them the benefit of doubt. The ICC is being more vigilant and they are not saying that once you have cleared in 2009, you can’t be checked again. So they have got to keep monitoring it and watching it closely and if bowlers develop different kinds of deliveries, then why not have them checked?
“Personally I don’t think you should see chucking as a crime. I think it is just a technical fault that people have and view it like that. You have a technical fault in your action, go out and correct it and come back.
“When you have (bowled) a no-ball, nobody says you are cheating. They say come back behind the line and here they say come back behind 15 degrees and play the game.”
During the national team’s 3-1 thrashing at the hands of England in the recent five-Test series, many pundits and former players believed that the Indian players’ wives and girlfriends were to blame for their poor performance.
However, Dravid feels that a bigger problem will arise if the Indian players are not allowed to be accompanied by their wives and girlfriends during long tours.
“The guys play 10 or 11 months a year,” he said. “If you don’t allow their wives or girlfriends on tour then that would be a bigger problem. I don’t think you can start blaming wives or girlfriends for their performance.”