Talk of the death of one-day cricket is premature according to the International Cricket Council, which has confirmed a strong suite of 50-over games among the Future Tours Program for 2023-27.

The groundswell among players points to a departure of interest in 50-over games, with South Africa potentially sacrificing automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup by abandoning a three-match series against Australia in January.

But the Aussies still have nine ODIs on their immediate radar, with three each against Zimbabwe and New Zealand in Far North Queensland in August and September and then three more against England in November.

England Test captain Ben Stokes won’t be a part of thar series having quit 50-over cricket, declaring the schedule is too packed, and Australian batting star Usman Khawaja last week said the one-day game was “dying a slow death”.

But with the FTP finalised at the ICC’s annual general meeting in Birmingham, chief executive Geoff Allardice said structuring of the game’s three formats was discussed, but he played down threats to the 50-over format.

He said countries were still scheduling games and there was unlikely to be less played in the immediate future.

“I think at this stage there is some discussion, not specifically about ODIs, but about the mix of formats within the calendar,” Allardice told a video conference.

“Countries have been, in their FTPs, are still scheduling a healthy number of ODIs as well.

“So in the FTP, I don‘t think you’ll see any significant change to the number of ODIs or the proportion of ODIs as being planned.”

Allardice conceded some countries were clearly prioritising their own domestic T20 leagues in preference to ODI cricket.

But he was adamant their commitment to international and bilateral cricket was ”as strong as it’s ever been”.

“Each of them has to manage that balance between domestic competitions, their international schedule and the management of their players,” Allardice said.

“Each of those boards is in slightly different situation, so there isn‘t a one-size-fits-all approach to that balancing issue.”

The next 50-over World Cup will be held in India in 2023, with the 2027 event to be held in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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