Saturday August 6, 2022

Moeen Ali, an England all-rounder, feels 50-over cricket would be condemned to history if the ‘unsustainable’ local and international calendar is not changed.

Eoin Morgan led England to an incredible World Cup victory in the same format three years ago, with Moeen part of the team and used in five home tournament matches.

England will aim to defend their crowd in India next year, but they have only played nine one-day internationals this year and have none scheduled for the rest of 2022, with Test cricket and T20s taking precedence.

Moeen ali. PC- Getty
Moeen Ali. PC- Getty

I Think In Two To Three Year’s Time Nobody Would Want To Watch It: Moeen Ali

“It just feels like it’s going that way and there’s nothing almost you can do because I think the interest in 50-over cricket is not there as it probably once was.

So yeah, having won it in 2019 it’s a difficult one because I genuinely feel in two to three years’ time, nobody’s going to want to play it”, Ali said on the sidelines of The Hundred where he is captaining Birmingham Phoenix.

Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali. Image-Twitter
Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali. Image-Twitter

“It’s a bit like our domestic stuff here at the moment, there’s the Hundred while the 50-over is going on and there’s not that much interest in it compared to the County Championship, the Vitality Blast and the Hundred.”

“International cricket in all three formats is by far the best cricket to play. There’s no doubt about that, but I do worry there are so many tournaments out there that players are retiring more now and you’ll see more retiring soon,” Moeen further said when asked about players retiring from ODIs.

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