England’s all-rounder Moin Ali believes the 50-year-old cricket could soon be consigned to the history books if the “unsustainable” domestic and international calendar is not corrected.
Just three years ago, Eoin Morgan led England to an unforgettable World Cup triumph in the same format, and Moin was part of the team and appeared in five home tournament matches.
England will try to protect their Indian crowd next year, but they have only played nine one-day internationals this year and are no longer scheduled for the rest of 2022, with Test cricket and T20 taking precedence.
Moin, who captains Birmingham Phoenix in the 100, said: “It just seems like things are going that way and there’s almost nothing you can do because I think the interest in cricket with the 50 is gone, as it probably once was.
“So yes, winning it in 2019 is tough because I honestly feel that in two or three years, no one will want to play it.
“At the moment it’s a bit like our home business, there’s a 100 while the 50-over goes on and there’s not a lot of interest in it compared to the District Championship, Vitality Blast and the 100.”
At the moment it is not sustainable, in my opinion. Something needs to be done because I’m afraid of losing the 50-over format in a couple of years because it’s almost as long and boring if that makes sense.Moin Ali
The Royal London Cup, a domestic competition of over 50 players, is once again taking place in the shadow of the Hundred, a franchise tournament set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board to boost interest and participation in the sport.
With so many franchised leagues around the world and two more to be added in January in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, Moin fears that the schedule will force more players to retire and the format will eventually have to feel the consequences.
Last month, Ben Stokes made the decision to drop 50+ cricket, citing an “unstable” schedule with England set to play three Tests against South Africa this autumn ahead of a tour to Pakistan that features seven T20s followed by another World Cup in sprint format in October.
“International cricket in all three formats is by far the best cricket to play. There’s no doubt about it, but I’m really worried about the fact that there are so many tournaments now that players are leaving more often, and soon you will see even more leave, ”said Moin.
“At the moment, in my opinion, it is not sustainable. Something needs to be done because I’m afraid of losing the 50-over format in a couple of years because it’s almost as long and boring if that makes sense.
“It’s like you have a T20, you have test matches that are great, and then 50 overs are just in the middle – it doesn’t matter at the moment.
“So yeah, I think it’s too much. Personally, I think there’s too much going on.”
Moeen himself retired from Test cricket last year before admitting this summer he could be coaxed back by an exciting environment created by Red England – ball captain Stokes and new head coach Brendon McCullum.
A big fan of The 100 and playing again this year, the 35-year-old wonders if more players will turn their backs on the game’s longest format.
He admitted: “If you’re a young starter then there’s so much money to be made in international cricket that you’re almost like ‘I’m not too worried’ because in terms of money you’ll lose that hunger and I think that you will lose this thing for test cricket which is the absolute top.
“There are so many good players who can easily just turn around and turn their backs a little on Test cricket, not turn their backs but not worry about having to play Test cricket.”
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