MCC Releases Statement Regarding Four-Day Test Matches
Five-day Test cricket is under the scanner.(Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council has been under the scanner since it has been announced that the it is contemplating to include four-day Test matches from the 2023 Test Championship. Since the announcement, the move has drawn criticism from all across the globe. Big players like Virat Kohli, Tim Paine, and Ben Stokes have also opposed the idea of four-day Test matches. Furthermore, former players like Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, Ian Botham, and Virender Sehwag have also ridiculed the plan.

Meanwhile, Marylebone Cricket Club, MCC, the rule-makers of the game have also released their statement regarding the four-day Test matches. MCC understands that there will be benefits of four-day Test matches but they feel that ICC should continue with five-day Test matches.

Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli
Ishant Sharma with Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

MCC opposes four-day Test matches.

The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee have recently discussed the issue.

“Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee have recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring, both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days,” said the MCC in a statement.

The International Cricket Council is all set to discuss the four-day Test proposal during its cricket committee meeting in March.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. Credit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, MCC World Cricket Committee has members who have played International cricket at the top level. The committee meets twice every year, including once at Lord’s, the home of MCC. The next meeting will take place in Sri Lanka in March.

With MCC also opposing the idea of the four-day Test match, the ICC will be under the cosh to implement four-day Test matches. ICC wants to have more days in its calendar year by making teams play four-day Test matches.

It would be interesting to note what would be the ICC decision as the four-day Test matches have drawn flak from all over the world.

Gautam Chauhan

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