31 Dec 2019
What do the administrators, cricketers think about mandatory four-day Tests?
While it garnered backing from FICA's Chief and Cricket Australia's CEO, several others including Australian skipper Tim Paine don't support the move.
Here is what experts think about this move.
2023 ICC WTC
2023 ICC World Test Championship could have four-day Tests
The said report mentions that mandatory four-day Test matches from 2015 to 2023 would have freed a total of 335 days.
Notably, managing the calendar has become challenging, post the rise of T20 leagues.
This decision will reduce the workload of the players.
Cricket Australia CEO in favor of four-day Tests
"We need to look at what is the average length of Test matches over the past five-ten years in terms of time," he said.
Anshuman Gaekwad wants teams to be divided in two groups
"What would be appropriate is to segregate the Test-playing nations. Have the Plate group matches as four-day affairs and see how it goes. There should be promotion and relegation," he said to HT.
Take pressure off
FICA chief backs four-day Tests to take pressure off
The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) Chief Tony Irish backed the idea by saying that it would reduce scheduling challenges.
However, he warned that the introduction should be done in a structured manner.
"Unfortunately with the ICC there is a history of introducing these types of changes in an unstructured way and that would need to change," he said.
How does the four-day Test work?
As for how the four-day Test works:
- A minimum of 98 overs have to be bowled in a day, as compared to 90 in five-day Tests.
- In order to accommodate the extra eight overs, the play is extended by 30 minutes.
- A lead of 150-plus runs in the opening innings would be enough to enforce a follow-on.
Ganguly wants to see the proposal before commenting
"First we will have to see the proposal, let it come. It is too early to say. Can't comment just like this," Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI.
Australian skipper feels Test cricket should stay a five-day affair
"We might not have got a result if we had done that in the Ashes, I think every game went to the fifth day," said Australian skipper Tim Paine, as he backed Test cricket to remain a five-day affair.
- Anshuman Gaekwad
- Ayush Gupta
- BCCI President
- Board of Control for Cricket in India
- Four-day Tests
- Indian Test
- Indian Test Team
- International Cricket Council (ICC)
- Sourav Ganguly
- Sourav Ganguly Bcci
- Sourav Ganguly Bcci President
- Test Cricket
- Chief Tony Irish
- Cricket Australia
- Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts
- Icc World Test Championship
- International Cricket Council
- International Cricketers
- Kevin Roberts
- The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations
- Tim Paine
- Tony Irish