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With England all-rounder Ben Stokes retiring from ODIs, a debate has started over the cricket calendar as to how much cricket players are being asked to play. Speaking ahead of his final ODI earlier this week, Stokes had said that players are not a car where they can be filled with petrol or diesel. Now, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) President Ramiz Raja has said that there are many countries which are running cricket like football and they will soon realize what they have done.
Cricket Pakistan quoted Raja as saying, “There are people who try to run cricket like football. Many countries are already doing this. They will soon realize what they have done after completing the calendar.” “
Earlier, former England captain Nasser Hussain, speaking about Ben Stokes’ decision to retire from ODIs, said that the current cricketing schedule is just “madness for the players”.
“It’s disappointing news, to say the least, but it’s a reflection of where cricket’s schedule is at the moment. It’s madness for the players. If the ICC just keeps ICC events and individual boards just lag Keep filling up as much cricket as possible, eventually these cricketers will say I am done. Stokes is done with a format at the age of 31, which cannot be perfect, really. Need to look at the schedule, It’s a joke moment,” Hussain told Sky Sports.
“Looks like 50-over cricket is what everyone is looking for, because everybody loves Test match cricket and everyone loves T20 cricket. IPL is getting a wider window, so it’s more South Africa has also pulled out of bilateral series in white-ball cricket, which may require them to qualify for the World Cup and that’s a big deal.”
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