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14 December 2011

Rahul Dravid urged the ICC to cut down on the number of “meaningless” ODIs and focus on major tournaments like the World Cup while delivering the annual Bradman Oration here on Wednesday.

Dravid, who became the first foreign player to deliver the lecture, also wanted the ICC to explore the possibility of day-night Test matches.

“The ICC must scale down this mad merry-go-round that teams and players find themselves in: heading off for two-Test tours and seven-match ODI series with a few Twenty20s thrown in.

“Since about, I think 1985, people have been saying that there is too much meaningless one-day cricket. Maybe, it's finally time to do something about it...anything makes more sense than a seven-match ODI series,” he added.

Alarming sight

Dravid said he was surprised to see a thin attendance during the India-England ODI series in October in India, and described the sight of empty stands as “alarming”.

“The five-match series against England was the first time our grounds were not full for an ODI featuring the Indian team. The India-England ODI series had no context, because the two countries had played each other in four Tests and five ODIs just a few weeks before,” he said.

Dravid also said that efforts were needed to bring fans back to the longer form of the game. “Test cricket deserves to be protected, it is what the world's best know they will be judged by. I don't think day-night Tests or a Test championship should be dismissed.

“There may be some challenges in places where there is dew but the visibility and durability of the pink cricket ball was not an issue,” Dravid added.

Dravid has called on cricketers to give up “a little bit of freedom of movement and privacy” if it helps keep the game free of corruption.

He said the players should be willing to be monitored “even if it means giving up a little bit of freedom of movement and privacy. If it means undergoing dope tests or lie detector tests, let us never say no.”

 

 

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