Legendary former cricketer Brian Lara believes duration of Test matches won’t really matter as long as results are produced. Lara, who holds the record for the highest Test score- 400*, also said that Day/Night Tests were an attraction but not the answer when it comes to promoting Test cricket.
There have been constant debates regarding the idea of trimming down red-ball cricket to four days. The cricketing world has been divided with their opinion over the matter. But as far as Lara is concerned, one shouldn’t refuse to fancy the idea.
“My only (thing) from Test cricket is that everyone that watches cricket knows the game is going to end in a result, that in itself will peak in interest.” Lara told PTI.
Brian Lara feels trimming of Test cricket won’t hamper viewership
“If it is five days, four days, it doesn’t matter. If every game is going to end in a result in someway or some form, I think the interest is going to be created on the first day, on the last day, as long as people know that,” added Lara, who represented West Indies in 131 Tests.
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli went on record to say that Test cricket doesn’t need any tinkering. One of the leading run-scorers in modern day cricket, Kohli feels the traditional format should remain as it is. However, Lara’s views are contrasting in this matter. The 50-year-old feels results will keep fans hooked onto the game.
“I think it (Day/Night Tests) is an attraction, but I don’t think it is a way forward (for) the game. I don’t think that’s going to bring anybody back. I think it (Test cricket) is something that has gone away from couple of generations and we need to get it back from a very early age.