'4-match ODI series against WI ridiculous'

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned the logic behind Indian team's on-going four-match one-day series in the Caribbean.

Updated: July 02, 2009 10:54 IST
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Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned the logic behind Indian team's on-going four-match one-day series in the Caribbean and said with an already crammed international schedule in place, such tours only add to the players' exhaustion.

India flew straight to the West Indies after their disappointing ouster in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 in England.

Defending champion India's early exit from World Twenty20 also raised serious questions over the fitness of players, who seemed to be struggling with their forms and consistency with the series against the West Indies currently levelled at 1-1.

"I think it's a slightly ridiculous idea that you travel all the way to the West Indies and just play four one-day internationals, that too immediately after the World T20. I think it must have been a logistical compromise but let us hope we do not have such kind of tours," Manjrekar said.

The cricketer-turned-commentator feels a series consisting of even number of matches are devoid of any logic as they often yield no result and asked the International Cricket Council to step in immediately to regulate such practices.

"What happens if it is a two-all scoreline? I also don't see the logic of four ODIs. It should either be five, or three. This is something that ICC should stipulate as early as possible. I don't see a reason why administrators plan a four-match series. The ICC needs to wake up to the problem," he said.

On the skyrocketing popularity of Twenty20 cricket, Manjrekar feels that fate of ODIs in near future will depend on viewers adjustment to the 50-over format after experiencing the slam bang version.

"I am very interested in seeing how people react to the 50-over game. We always talk about how the players adjust to the shift in format. I think this is going to be a test of the viewers' ability to adjust," Manjrekar told Mobile ESPN.

"The reaction of the viewer is critical to the future of 50-50 contests. It thus makes sense to plan events properly," he added.

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