The debate around the initiation of four-day Test cricket from ICC World Test Championship from 2023 has left the cricket fraternity in splits. The speculations got reignited after Cricket Australia (CA) chief Kevin Roberts said they would seriously look at the concept. Speaking on the same, former Aussie skipper, Ricky Ponting has questionned the need for a change.
The apex body 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. Unlike 5-day Tests, which see 90 overs bowled in a day, 4-day Tests will have 98 overs in a day. Meanwhile, England had already played a four-day Test match against Ireland ahead of Ashes 2019. Australia also plan to play a Test of four days when they host Afghanistan in summer.
Ricky Ponting against four-day Test
Divulging on the same, Ricky Ponting opposed the new proposal; however, he wanted to know the prime reason for ICC’s plan of four-day Tests. While the idea has received backing from former cricketers Michael Vaughan and Mark Taylor, a long list of cricketers have opposed the change including a handful of Indian cricketers.
“I’m against it, but I’d like to hear from the people who are pushing it what the major reason is,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
Furthermore, Ricky Ponting felt that four-day Tests might lead to more draws. Despite agreeing that there are commercial aspects, but the former Australia skipper said that he wouldn’t like to see more drawn Test matches.
“I know we’ve had a lot of four-day games the last couple of years but what I’ve noticed in the last decade is how many drawn Test matches there have been, and I just wonder if they had have been all four-day Test matches through that period of time would we have had more drawn games. That’s one thing I don’t think anybody wants to see,” Ponting concluded.
Well, it would be interesting to see if the new proposal sees broad daylight in the coming days. But the apex body will face tough oppositions before bringing in the change.