Top Australian players fear T20 would overrun one-day format in future
Australia's top cricketers believe that Twenty20 will overrun the one-day game at international level over the next 10 years, according to an Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) survey.
The survey found that almost half of this country's national and state players believe one-day cricket would no longer be played in 10 years time.
While the overwhelming majority of players still believe Test cricket is most important, they have predicted that the popularity of Twenty20 will continue to rise at the expense of the Test and one-day game.
Asked what would be the most dominant form of the game in 10 years time, two-thirds said Test cricket and one-third Twenty20 but none rated the 50-over game.
With the rise and rise of the recently expanded and enhanced Big Bash, players also believe there will be an opportunity to replace some one-day internationals.
However, two-thirds of the players opposed changing the existing schedule to allow international players more opportunities to make appearances in the Big Bash.
ACA chief executive Paul Marsh claimed that players were not concerned that the Big Bash clashed with international matches because this had always been the case with domestic competitions.
"In saying this, there are a number of players who believe the Big Bash has the commercial potential to allow Cricket Australia to replace international games (particularly one-day games) with Big Bash games," News.com.au quoted Marsh, as saying.
"This would help on two fronts - reduce the amount of international games and make the Big Bash a stronger, more attractive competition," he added.
"From an ACA perspective we believe one of the long-term goals of the Big Bash should be to get to a point where it is strong enough to allow CA to reduce the number of international games to accommodate full player participation in the Big Bash," he said.