MUMBAI // The International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking at changes to one-day internationals to boost interest in the format amid Twenty20's growing popularity. "The goal is to preserve all three formats," the ICC's acting chief executive Dave Richardson was quoted as saying by India's The Week magazine. "But are people willing to watch a 50-over game when Twenty20 promises more action in less time? That is the challenge."
Mr Richardson said that among the changes being discussed were a 40-over version, and a format with two innings of 20 overs each per side. "We still feel broadcasters need content for seven hours. We need to get the balance right and tinker with the 50-over format," added Mr Richardson. "The general feeling amongst cricketers is that the 50-over edition is not sacrosanct like Test cricket. "The new proposals are firmly on the agenda. We will not promise anything, but it will be looked at quite seriously."