Don't muck around with ODIs: Kapil

Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 16:21 [IST]
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Former Indian great Kapil Dev does not favour tinkering with the 50 over format of cricket, as has been suggested by former and current players.

When asked about Sachin Tendulkar's new idea that 50-over cricket be spilt into four innings of 25 overs, Kapil said that he was all for keeping the original format.

"I don't think you can have so many combinations and so many things. Every cricket -- 20 over, 50 over and Test match -- has its own value so let us not muck around. The more you muck around more you are going to spoil cricket," said Kapil, who led India to 1983 limited overs World Cup win.

"Cricketers should understand, ICC should understand and cricket boards should understand it. Why are we getting and trying to spoil the basic of cricket which is running from 100 years, that's is my logic," he added. One of the best all-rounders of all time, Kapil Dev, however, was quick to say that Tendulkar has the freedom to air his view which he would respect.

"This is his thought and one should respect each other's thought. But at the end of the day one has to collectively sit down and say what we have to do is what is good for cricket. I don't think you can have so many combinations," he said in an interview to a news channel.

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Story first published:  Monday, September 7, 2009, 7:42 [IST]
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