Not untrue, not untrue at all.
Fast forward to 2007 and the same applies to our one-day cricket.
It beggars belief that until last summer the english county player was guarenteed only one 50-over match against FC opposistion - in the C&G - then a knock-out cup - and the rest of domestic one-day cricket was a 45-over league. Last year the ECB did bring in more 50-over cricket by turning the C&G into a league - but of course they stil did things wrong. The 20-over power-play rule that is in ODIs wasn't brought in - we still have the "old" 15-over rule - and from July onwards we went back to 40-over cricket - please tell me if another country in the world plays 40-over domestic cricket (and no power-plays either). No wonder the likes of Loye and Joyce are unprepared for ODIs - they've never played under the current power-play rules before.
Time for a change. IMO all non 20-20 one-day cricket MUST be played under the rules of ODIs - at least that way when players come into ODIs from county cricket they have some idea what they should be doing. The pro 40 (the 40-over competition) should be scrapped and a knock-out cup (with the minor counties) should be brought back. Youi'd then have one league, one KO cup but all over 50 overs. Remember that pre 1996 we were good at ODIs in our own country - hardly surprising when they were 55 overs when the rest of the world played 50! Until we get our domestic one-day cricket in line with ODIs we will still tread water in one-day cricket - and ven having a specialist one-day coach (as G Boycott suggested) won't help.