Champions Trophy boss says 'bumper crowds' evidence of one-day format's 'long life'

London, Apr 23 (ANI): ICC Champions Trophy director Steve Elworthy has insisted that one-day cricket faces no danger from the Twenty20 format, adding that it will stay for a long time as it is still a great favourite with fans, which can be seen from the bumper crowds in such matches.

Elworthy made the statement in response to an article by former England captain Mike Atherton in which he claimed the 50-over game must be scrapped in order to save Test cricket, The Sun reports.

Dismissing Atherton's arguments that the rise of T20 cricket has made three international formats unmanageable with the current loser being the five-day game, Elworthy said that the one-day format is still well supported by spectators.

The former South African seamer further said that the crowd factor is a key driver when it comes to playing cricket, adding that if a good number of people are still coming to ODI games, then it is difficult to say that it should be scrapped.

Stating that the T20 format was invented based on customer research, Elworthy, however, admitted that no further changes should be made to the 50-over game so that the supporters can get their heads around it. (ANI)

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