So I have been thinking about this lately, especially with the recently concluded South Africa vs New Zealand series. We've had these going on for a while now, last year we had South Africa vs Australia in a 5 match series in November, and next January we will have India vs Australia in Australia.
So my question to CW is, does anyone care? Do they have any relevance? And here's the thing, if you don't care because you are a snob and look down upon ODI cricket in general, this question is not for you. My question is for those who love and enjoy ODI cricket.
I found it hard to get into the SA-NZ series, despite knowing the quality of the cricket would be high, despite knowing that the players and teams are still fighting tooth and nail to win. I guess the issue is that of context. I cannot really find a context to such series.
When an ODI series is part of a full tour, that includes Tests as well,it feels like one big tour and you want to see who comes out on top.
So here are my questions
1) Do you care?
2) Are they even lucrative? I for one saw empty grounds when South Africa played Australia last year.
3) If they are not lucrative, why are cricket boards so hell bent on organising these tours?