Opened on May 31, 2012
ODIing Times is less an obscure sensationalist newspaper and more a heart wrenching plea to preserve the primacy of the 50 over game. The retirement of Kevin Pietersen from ODI's today has, like a breezeblock dropped on a boiled egg from a great height, brought home just how fragile our beloved one day game is, and how it is wilting against the relentless force of the test format.
Our aim is to collect 1715 signatures - the predicted attendance for a 4th ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve - and present our petition to the temp receptionist of a small company with a one-time affiliation with the ICC or one of its subsidiaries.
Without ODI's we would no longer have strike rates of 80 being called 'good'. Mandatory ball changes after 34 overs will go the way of Benito Mussolini, WE WOULD HAVE NO MORE BATTING POWERPLAYS.
Imagine, if you dare, a world where instead of ODI tri-series we have a test match, or two test matches. That is not a world I want to inhabit. The more players that are brainwashed by the idea of test cricket being the prime form of the game, and taking our players, the more ODI's will suffer. They have taken Pietersen, hell even David Warner has started playing test cricket? Where will it stop?!
So please, I beg of you, if you love watching spinners being milked for 5 an over without threatening to take a wicket, if nurdling the ball into the gaps in the field completes you, then sign here.