As the build-up to the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy continues, former South African captain Shaun Pollock has stated that he believes that One-Day Internationals are the best format of the game.
Depending who you believe, ODI cricket is under threat from the rise and rise of big money Twenty20 cricket but Pollock values the longest format of the limited overs match.
“Having played a lot (of 50-over cricket), maybe I’m a bit more of a sucker when it comes to appreciating the game," Pollock told the ICC.
“The fast 20-over game has caught the imagination of many but if you get off to a bad start then you can cost yourself the game.
“There is a lot of skill involved in the 50-over game and it’s over a much longer period, so that allows teams to have a bit of a mishap and recover from it and you’ve got time to implement tactics.
“I think ODIs are still the best format of limited-overs cricket, especially with regard to making sure the best team comes out on top,” he said.
Pollock was part of the 1998 South Africa side which won the Champions Trophy that year and he added that the nature of the tournament, short and sharp involving the top eight teams in the world, should make for a good contest.
“A lot of sports have gone that way (involving just those sides at the top end of the rankings),” he said. “Tennis and golf are just two that have done it.
“It’s always good when you’ve got the best teams competing against each other and that’s exactly what you’ll have here.
“All those teams will be based in one place, it will all take place around Johannesburg and so it will be easy to go and view and it will give you some fantastic cricket.
“It’s a great format, I’m glad the tournament’s come here and I’m glad they’re continuing with the (ICC Champions) Trophy,” he added.
Pollock, who also played 108 Tests and 12 T20 Internationals for his country, picked up 393 wickets in 303 ODIs for South Africa, the African XI and the World XI, also scoring 3519 runs with one century.