Since Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODIs, the debate over the cricket schedule has been more intense. Playing all three formats, in Stokes’ words, is “unsustainable,” and as a result, several former cricket players have voiced concern about the future of the 50-over format. The emergence of franchise cricket has been jointly criticized as a contributing factor, and Pakistan veteran and second-highest wicket-taker in ODIs Wasim Akram advocated for the format to be completely scrapped.

The South African wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock has now expressed views that are similar to Stokes’, although the conversation has mostly primarily included former players. With more matches, the left-handed batter feels that individual involvement in all three forms has become “challenging.” De Kock said to the media on Sunday after the third One-Day International between England and South Africa was canceled due to bad weather, “It’s going to start being hard for players – three formats is a lot and it appears like more games are coming throughout the season.”

“Each player must make their own decisions, and if they think they can play all three types, I am happy for them. However, men must make their own choices ” he added.

“While you’re still young, you should play all three sports and pursue specific career aspirations. Things are harder as you age and your body doesn’t work as effectively for you. It is only a management problem.” The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batter announced his retirement from Test cricket in December, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.