“Long, Boring One”: England Star Moeen Ali On ODI Format

Written by Abhishek Patil

Ever since the retirement of England all-rounder Ben Stokes from ODIs, the questions are being asked regarding the 50-over format. Many players have voiced their concern about the growing cricket calendar with many pointing out ODIs, on how the format is losing relevance at the moment.

England star Moeen Ali has now spoken out, saying ODIs now feel like a “long, boring format”. He also talked about how playing all three formats of the game is not sustainable right now.

“It’s all over the place at the minute. You’re trying to get a couple of franchise gigs which are decent, but you’re going to miss a couple of Test matches or the ODIs – that’s the horrible bit, I think, because you want to play for England as much as you can. You don’t want to be missing… I used to hate resting when I was a bit younger,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Moeen as saying.

“At the moment it’s not sustainable in my opinion. Something has to be done because I fear losing the 50-over format in a couple of years because it’s almost like the long, boring one, if that makes sense. It’s almost like you’ve got T20s, you’ve got the Test matches which are great and then the 50 overs is just in the middle – there’s no importance given to it at the moment,” he added.

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