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“Cricket is messed up,” said Ben Gardner, managing editor of Wisden. It is a bitter reality facing the game following the retirement of Ben Stokes from One Day Internationals.

The England star shocked the sport and even his teammates when he announced that he would be leaving the 50-over format to focus on his Test captaincy and T20 cricket.

The news soured England’s hopes of continuing as 2019 ODI World Cup champions next year, with Stokes being awarded the man of the match award in the final.

But it’s more than that. It’s a wake-up call for game administrators around the world.

After 50 years, ODI cricket is not what it used to be. And he faces the prospect of losing relevance and his best players, squeezed from a schedule packed with the traditional and the new – Tests and T20s respectively.

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The 31-year-old Englishman is one of the best all-rounders in the game, and ODI cricket is arguably his best format – he has amassed 29,919 runs in 104 matches at an impressive 39.44 and a strike rate of 95.26. .

A 74-wicket haul made England a middle-class team in all three formats – but the constant stress of playing in all three formats took its toll on the England team.

However, he said, “Three formats are not sustainable for me now.

“I feel like my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what’s expected of us.”

Nick Hoult in The Telegraph In the year Referring to Stokes’ retirement from the game for mental health reasons in July 2021, he said: “It felt like a bomb but it actually had a long fuse.”

Hoult added: “He cut himself off from a lot of his team-mates during the break last year and was in danger of falling out of love with the game. But after taking over from Root as Test captain, he looks like his old self, giving his all to a job he clearly loves.

The long fuse behind this bombshell is less about stocks than the game – and it’s main problem isn’t new. There is simply too much cricket on the calendar. Not only unsustainable for Stokes but for all of cricket.

Stokes’ announcement felt like a carbon copy of Kevin Pietersen’s retirement from white-ball international cricket 10 years ago in June 2012.

“After much thought and deliberation, I am announcing my retirement from one-day international cricket,” Pietersen said. “With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, as I approach 32, I think it is the right time to step aside and release the next generation of players.”

The problem then turned into a crisis. In the year Between June 2022 and March 2023, England are set to play 12 Tests, 18 ODIs, 19 bilateral T20Is and the T20 World Cup – over 100 days of men’s international cricket.

It is the busiest season. And while some of that is due to the inclusion of extended series during the Covid-19 pandemic, it doesn’t change the fundamental problem facing all three-dimensional players.

There’s more domestic T20 cricket than ever before, with countries like South Africa launching new franchises this summer (so it doesn’t even have a new name yet!), and ICC tournaments like Worlds are on the rise. Cups. England’s latest cricket fad, the even-shorter-format The Hundred tournament, only adds to the explosive mix.

Matt Roller wrote for ESPNcricinfo: “In the abstract, it should serve as a wake-up call for cricket managers.” One of the sport’s most iconic players is having a bad time with his team unable to secure the World Cup in India next year, which shows just how badly the boards have hammered their most valuable asset by cramming even a series of small gaps. “The Schedule.”

As Rory Dollard of PA put it more simply: “Stokes’ ODI retirement – peppered with careful criticism of England’s schedule – should be a tipping point.” The set list is complete idiot*t and is ruining the cast and the production. That’s enough.”

Stokes, for context, has already picked from the Indian Premier League (T20) and also The Hundred. His decision, therefore, is clearly not about money – although he is in a much more fortunate position in that regard than many players around the world who have faced similar scheduling problems.

Instead, Stokes made it clear that his decision was about his love for Test cricket above all else.

“I will give my all to Test cricket and now, with this decision, I feel I can give my total commitment to the T20 format,” Stokes said.

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain has declared the current schedule ‘crazy’ and has praised Stokes’ decision, saying he has “a lot of respect”.

“It’s sad news to say the least, but it shows where the cricket program is at the moment,” Hussain told Sky Sports. “It’s crazy for the players.

“Half reasons [for his retirement] It’s going to be physical, and half of it’s going to be mental, and it’s the fact that the mind can’t do things 70, 80% of the time in Ben’s case.

He’s not just a small-part player, he has to do it all and refuses to do it unless he does it 100%.

“In a way, I respect that decision because that’s the way you want every England cricketer to be, giving everything every day.

“It’s not about Rob Key with the ECB, it’s not about Ben Stokes, it’s about the timetable.

“If the ICC continues to hold ICC events and individual boards continue to fill the gaps with as much cricket as possible, eventually these cricketers will say I’m done, and Ben Stokes is done with one format at 31. Be right, really. The schedule needs looking at, it’s a bit of a joke at the moment.”

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ODI future in danger

The rise of T20 cricket in recent years and big-money tournaments like the IPL have raised fears that Test cricket will fall by the wayside, with players opting to become white-ball specialists instead of honing their red-ball careers. In that respect, Stokes’ decision to prioritize Test cricket is a win for that format – but a huge blow for the ODI game.

As former Indian ODI spinner Pragyan Ojha wrote: “We were worried about the future of TEST cricket but the future of ODI looks uncertain!

“In future we will see more cricketers opting out of this format. #Thinking about something

This comes after another Indian international and fellow Azure Ravi Ashwin revealed that he would switch off the TV if ODI cricket was on.

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Speaking on the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast, Ashwin said: “The biggest beauty of one-day cricket is – sorry, it was – the ebb and flow of the game. People spent their time and took the game seriously.

“The one-day format was a format where the bowlers spoke. Even I, as a cricket badger and a cricket nut, turn off the TV after a point and it’s really scary for the format of the game.

“When these ebbs and flows are gone, there will be no cricket. It is an extended form of T20. It is a question of relevance and I think ODI cricket needs to find its relevance. He has to find his place.”

Finding a place in the calendar is difficult enough, let alone finding – or rediscovering – the identity of the format.

For some, it may already be too late.

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Simon Briggs wrote for The Telegraph: “We are witnessing the long, slow death of 50-over cricket… credibility is waning with each passing day from this once-glorious format.”

“Like soda fountains, road atlases and SLR cameras, the traditional one-day man is now a relic of dubious relevance,” he added. When the 50-over-50 international turned 50, in January last year, it was a sort of birthday party where everyone gathered around the hospital bed.

Stokes is not the first player to be forced to make a brutally tough decision on his international career, nor will he be the last. But there is no doubt that change needs to be made to protect the players and the game itself.

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