As T20 leagues grow, the ICC must safeguard the Test and ODI formats, says Kapil Dev

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In light of the expansion of lucrative domestic Twenty20 tournaments throughout the world, former India captain Kapil Dev has urged cricket’s regulatory body (ICC) to take action to defend the Test and One-Day International formats.

With new contests in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa slated to start early next year, the growth of T20 leagues has further squeezed cricket’s already overstuffed calendar.

The Indian Premier League is expected to receive an expanded window in the ICC’s upcoming international schedule, and dedicated periods for England and Australia’s domestic franchise-based leagues are also anticipated.

Ben Stokes of England retired from ODIs last month due to the demanding schedule, while South Africa cancelled an ODI trip of Australia in January because it conflicted with the start of their T20 league.

To better control the strain of players, the ICC has put the onus on member boards to strike a balance between domestic and bilateral cricket. However, Dev said that the ICC has a “greater responsibility” to administer the sport.

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