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Tendulkar's suggestion for ODIs is worth experimenting: Dravid

Last updated on: September 22, 2011 11:02 IST

Tendulkar's suggestion for ODIs is worth experimenting: Dravid

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Sachin Tendulkar's suggestion to revamp the ODIs by splitting the format into four innings of 25 overs each may have been rejected by the ICC, however, Rahul Dravid has shown his support to the idea.

"It is interesting (suggestion). I don't know why the ICC has rejected it (Tendulkar's suggestion via a letter to ICC), but it's a good idea that Sachin has given and is worth experimenting," Dravid said on Wednesday.

"It has been tried out in Australia (in domestic cricket) and the plus and minus points should be looked into," he added.

Tendulkar had written a letter to the ICC to change the format of the ODIs from two innings of 50 overs to four of 25 overs like a Test match but the world council's Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat had rejected it.

"There is no need to change the format," Lorgat had said on Wednesday.

Image: Rahul Dravid

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'World Cup success showed that 50-over format was sound in health'

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"We did receive a written proposal from Sachin, but that was a long time back. I myself have spoken to him many times about it, the last one as recent as during the World Cup in April."

"The success of the tournament showed that the 50-over format was sound in health and there was no need for dramatic changes," Lorgat had said.

"The executive board meeting after the World Cup decided that the present format was doing well. That has not changed," Lorgat had stressed.

Tendulkar had argued that four innings of 25 overs would be a fair way to balance the advantage gained by the team which won the toss in conditions such as bad weather, sub-quality pitches which historically had proven that a match can virtually be decided by the toss of a coin.

Image: Haroon Lorgat

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'Anything connected with DRS is a work in progress'

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Dravid also backed the Cricket Board for deciding to put pressure on the ICC for revising the controversial Decision Review System.

"It's not set in stone. Anything connected with DRS is a work in progress. There are new challenges and questions about it. It's up to the member boards (of the ICC) to ask whether things are better with it in place," said the 38-year-old.

Dravid, who was the lone batsman to show consistently superb form in difficult conditions against a top class England pace attack in the four-match Test rubber that India lost 0-4, was also controversially given out through the 'Hot Spot' image system on at least three occasions leading to long debates over DRS.

Image: Rahul Dravid

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