Chennai: International Cricket Counil ( ICC ) is seriously considering the concept of split innings in ODI proposed by Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
ICC cricket manager Dave Richardson said the option can be explored. "I quite like that idea, I believe South Africa may trial something along those lines,"
"It provides something different and reduces the effects on the team who loses the toss and has to bat first on a damp wicket, for example."
Tendulkar had suggested that one-day cricket should be split into four innings of 25-overs each. According to the champion batsman, who has played 425 ODIs, a split ODI will eliminate the luck factor from the contest and would keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Former South African batsman Richardson said the concept of two 25-overs innings had come up at the ICC's cricket committee's annual meeting in May.
"The bottom line is if we can come up with a product that is better than the existing one, then everyone would like to look at it," he said.
"If it has been trialled successfully at domestic level, it may (get) the go-ahead at international level.
"The ICC has been proactive with ideas and innovations, like the power plays. The idea of the 'super-sub' wasn't as successful and got rid of quite quickly.
"One of the criticisms was that we trialled things at international as opposed to domestic level.
"Our tactics going forward are member countries trial changes first domestically and if they are successful, then we can take them on board at the international level."