Vettori asks for reduction in meaningless ODIs
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has asked for a reduction in the number of meaningless one-dayers, especially in extended bilateral series. His statements have come at a time when the ICC is reviewing the Future Tours Program, with plans to conduct a one-day league running over four years.
"Why are we playing these extended one-day series?," Vettori told the New Zealand Herald. "What's the point? Hopefully the ICC follows these proposals through because I'd like to have more riding on every game. The number of games needs to be reduced so fans enjoy them more again."
Despite New Zealand's forgettable 2010 - the team won only one Test, and suffered one-day whitewashes in Bangladesh and India - and his own age, Vettori was keen on carrying on after the 2011 World Cup, where he is expected to lead the side.
"I am keeping my options open [after the World Cup]," Vettori said. "It's incredibly difficult when you make a statement, as I originally did a long time ago that I was going to give up the captaincy. I think it's better to play your cards close to your chest and, when the timing is right and you get the right feeling about things, you make decisions from there. At this World Cup I'll only be 32, so hopefully there is plenty of cricket left in me."
New Zealand's on-field woes led to changes at the top, with Mark Greatbatch making way for John Wright as the team's coach. Vettori said the rebuilding phase was made easier by the team's familiarity with Wright.
"Most of the guys have had few dealings with John, apart from the odd time he's popped into camps under previous coaches," Vettori said. "The feedback so far is positive. He's passionate about cricket and is one of the few people who can make you love the game again. Sometimes it can be a long time out there in the field; it's challenging, but he has an ability to reinvigorate that passion, even in older players.
"Obviously John's a folk hero and people respond well to any change when things aren't going to plan. He's even one of the few guys I imitated growing up as a left-hander, muttering a few words under my breath every ball as well."
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