International Cricket Council’s proposal of trimming the longest version of the game has not gone well in the cricket fraternity as a no. of former and current cricketers are opposing the proposal of ICC.
There has been a lot of echoes against the proposal of ICC as India captain Virat Kohli, England’s vice-captain Ben Stokes and Australia’s captain Tim Paine have criticised the idea of four day tests. In former Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardenea, Ravi Shastri and Mickey Aurthor are also the ones who have opposed the same.
On 30th December 2019, ICC stirred the world with its proposal to reduce the length of test matches to four days. ICC in his proposal stated that by reducing the length of test matches to 4 days, with 98 overs in a single day instead of 90 overs at present. In this way, we will lose only 58 overs in a test match. And with this change a lot of money and time can be saved. The changes in the longest format will take place from next cycle from 2023 to 2031. It is known to everyone that nowadays test matches get concluded on day 3 or day 4 itself. So in almost all cases, day 5 goes in vain. If we look at calendar of 2015 to 2023 cycle, a total of 335 days could be saved if the test matches were of 5 days instead of 4 days.
However, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has taken the ICC to task by mocking the ICC to not to compare Test Matches to First Class Matches. “If it is a four-day, it is not a Test match. Four-day means a first-class match. It is as simple as that,” Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
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Earlier, Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team captain, also opposed the idea by stating, “You know the Day-Night Test is the most that should be changed about Test cricket, according to me. Then you are purely only talking about getting numbers, entertainment and you know. I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day Tests. I mean where do you end? Then you will speak of Test cricket disappearing,”.