ODI cricket should be re-branded as ‘World Cup cricket’, says Wally Edwards

"Each year there is some pinnacle at the end that everyone is playing to achieve, and then the World Cup is the big one"

“Each year there is some pinnacle at the end that everyone is playing to achieve, and then the World Cup is the big one”

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Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards believes that ODI cricket should be re-branded as “World Cup cricket”.

Edwards also wants a more vigorous points and rankings system, which will be linked to World Cup qualification over a four-year cycle.

Edwards’ thoughts will be discussed at an International Cricket Council (ICC) subcommittee meeting in Melbourne next Monday.

“I’d like to see a lot more context for 50-over cricket,” Edwards told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I would call it World Cup Cricket. We’ve got a meeting on Monday in Melbourne with the ICC and one of the subjects is this. From my point of view this is one of the big strategy items, which is also focused on making the world of cricket better.

“I would have a system where maybe after one year the top two teams play off in a best-of-three [series] or something, which would take a week,” said Edwards, a former opening batsman for Australia. “That counts for one year and if you could work the points out so that even teams like Ireland have a chance that would be quite interesting. There [would be] a decent prize at the end of it, a decent lump of money.

“In the second year [after a World Cup in the current cycle] you’ve got the Champions Trophy, which I would like to call the World Cup qualifying tournament. In the third year you’d be finishing off the rankings for the World Cup and then in the last year you’ve got the World Cup. Something like that where each year there is some pinnacle at the end that everyone is playing to achieve, and then the World Cup is the big one. It will make a lot more sense to people I think.”

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