Sachin Tendulkar has reportedly backed Cricket Australia"s(CA) move to adopt the new split-innings format for the domestic one-day matches.
“I am glad it's being tried out in Australia. I feel once the players have tried out this format, they will be in a better position to judge if the format works or not," Tendulkar said as according to Times of India report.
The new format was trailed earlier this year and has now been given the nod by CA.
The maestro batsman had himself proposed the split-innings format to be put into practice back in last September.
The incident at the 2002 Champions Trophy final between India and Sri Lanka, where the match could not be concluded even after 110 overs of cricket played over two days, had brought the idea to Sachin"s mind.
“First, they played 50 overs and we played two overs before the rain interruption. The next day, Sri Lanka again played 50 overs and we played eight. In the end we were declared joint winners. 110 overs and still no result! That is when I thought we should have 25 overs first for one side and then the other. And then once again 25 overs for one side and then the other," he said.
In the era of T20, this particular format would definitely add a spark to the 50-over version of the game. Also, it balances the playing surface available to both the teams throughout the match.
"We can tell the result of close to 75% of matches after the toss. We know how conditions will affect the two teams. But it (splitting the game into two innings) is not too dependent on the toss because, (if) it's a day-night match, then both the teams will have to bat under lights. And if it rains, you can plan for that too," Tendulkar said.