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'World Cup proves that 50-over cricket has a future,' says Lorgat

March 29, 2011 - Colombo

International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has said that the ongoing World Cup on the Indian sub-continent has demonstrated that 50-over cricket has a long and successful future ahead of it.

Speaking before an audience of diplomats, business leaders and journalists in Colombo, Lorgat said: "I had confidently predicted to the media on February 1 that this World Cup would be the perfect showcase for the 50-over format to answer the critics and I had proclaimed that 'ODI cricket is alive and well'."

"I am pleased - and naturally relieved - to say that so far the statements I have made have proven to be correct. The evidence to prove that 50-over cricket is far from finished has been plentiful. The television audiences have been the biggest in history," he added.

The qualifying group encounter between India and England, which ended in a high-scoring tie, was the most watched ODI in television history, Lorgat said.

"And that record could well be smashed on Wednesday when India play Pakistan in Mohali," he added.

The ICC chief further said 2015 World Cup in Australia should be shorter.

The six-week long tournament in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is six days shorter than the last edition in 2007 in the Caribbean, and Lorgat said a similar reduction could be possible in 2015.

"Hopefully we can work towards 2015 being further condensed," Lorgat said.


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