The cricketing world continues to debate about the efficacy and utility of four-day Tests, as proposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
While mixed reactions continue to pour in, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels it could lead to the death of Test cricket.
Furthermore, he said this format is against Asian teams.
Here is what Akhtar said.
Why is Akhtar against the idea of four-day Test?
Speaking on the issue, Akhtar said that he feels the concept of four-day Tests is a conspiracy against the Asian teams and no one should endorse it.
"I want more people from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India to come forward and raise their voice against it. I want legendary cricketers from my country to voice their opinion," he said on his YouTube channel.
Four-day Tests can tilt the game towards pacers
Notably, spinners are able to extract more from the pitch as it becomes old.
Since, Asian teams are known for their spinners, the four-day Tests can tilt the game away from them.
Legend Sachin Tendulkar had pointed out this fact.
Akhtar said, "Sachin is spot on in his criticism. Kaneria, Mushtaq Ahmed, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Kumble have taken 400-500 wickets. What will happen to them?"
Akhtar believes Ganguly would never let Test cricket die
"BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly is an intelligent man and he will not let this happen. He will not let Test cricket die. The ICC cannot implement a four-day Test without the BCCI's approval," Akhtar further added.
"I don't think that is fair to the purest format of the game, how cricket started initially. Five-Day Test matches are the highest of Tests you can have at the international level. According to me, it shouldn't be altered," he had said.
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