The cricket fraternity has been divided int two-halves on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new proposal of four-day Test matches. To revive the traditional form and reduce the cost, the apex body is pondering to bring in the change. Amidst all these, ICC’s cricket committee is all set to discuss the proposed change when they meet in March this year.
ICC is seriously considering to trim the fifth day and make Test matches a four-day encounter. ICC’s cricket committee plans to bring this change from the 2023-2031 World Test Championship cycle. The speculations got reignited after Cricket Australia (CA) chief Kevin Roberts said they would seriously look at the concept. They are also planning to play a four-day Test match when they host Afghanistan in the next summer.
ICC to discuss four-day Test in March
Former India skipper and head coach Anil Kumble, who is the chief of the body refused to speak on the same. The former cricketer said that he can only speak on the topic once they are done with the meeting. The meeting will take place in Dubai from March 27-31 and will be attended by Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Shaun Pollock, and Andrew Strauss.
“Since I am part of the committee, I can’t tell what I am thinking about it (proposal) at the moment. We will discuss it in the meeting and let you know,” Kumble told PTI, adding that he is fine with past and current cricketers have expressed their views about four-day Tests.
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli has also voiced his opinion against the introduction of four-day Tests. Stating the day-night Test can be one-way things, but there is no need to alter with the traditional format of the game.
“According to me, it should not be altered. As I said, the day-night is another step towards commercialising Test cricket and you know, creating excitement around it, but it can’t be tinkered with too much,” Kohli had said.