“Cricket is broken,” Wisden’s managing editor Ben Gardner declared. It’s the bitter reality facing the game in the wake of Ben Stokes’ retirement from One Day Internationals.
The England star shocked the sport, and even his teammates, when he revealed he would be giving up the 50-over format to focus on his Test captaincy duties as well as T20 cricket.
The news is a bitter blow to England’s hopes of next year retaining their 2019 ODI World Cup title, in which Stokes was awarded man of the match in the final.
But it is more than that. It is a wake-up call for the game’s administrators around the world.
After 50 years, ODI cricket isn’t what it used to be. And it faces the prospect of losing relevance and its best players, squeezed out of a packed schedule by the traditional and the new – Tests and T20s respectively.
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