Sydney: The ICC has turned down Cricket Australia's (CA) proposal to change 50 over format to 40 over game and has said that the current format of 50 overs will be used for the 2015 World Cup.
Cricket Australia had made the proposal after discussions with various players, media, sponsors and fans. CA had proposed a new 40-over competition, in which teams would bat for two innings of 20 overs each.
“One of the thoughts was the potential for one-day cricket to be split into two innings, and a big advantage, the public tell us, is that after work they are guaranteed the chance of seeing Australia bat. The feedback was that one-day cricket needs refreshing," a spokesman said.
CA is worried that interest in one-day cricket will wane to the point of irrelevance by the time it hosts the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The ICC meanwhile has a contract with ESPN-Star Sports for 50 over matches till 2015 World Cup, and a contract with its other commercial partners.
“The ICC is committed to the three forms of the game, being Test cricket, 50-over cricket and Twenty20 cricket, and we have a working party of eminent chief executives set up to look at the context and content of international cricket," an ICC spokesman said.