The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) suggestion of having four day Test matches has evoked negative responses from all sections of the cricketing society.
Recently, Cricket South Africa volunteered to play a four-day affair against Zimbabwe which commences on Boxing Day. This decision though was met with severe backlash and criticism, as fans felt tinkering with the oldest and purest form of the game was far from a sensible move.
Days after CSA announced its plans, and the ECB jumped into action to plan a long-term vision of four-day games. As per sources, the board gave it a thought to have all their home Tests as four-day affairs, commencing from 2020. ECB officials though justified this decision by stating the four days would comprise of a lot more overs per day, than the current norm of 90 overs.
The MCC in its recent statement has opposed this move and volunteered for the cause of five day Test matches.
“The MCC’s view is that five-day Tests from a cricketing perspective make sense,” Guy Lavender, the MCC chief executive said. “There is another perspective around four-day Tests from a customer experience perspective and looking at the difficulties of fitting in the tours program and a congested international fixture list with the emergence of domestic Twenty20 tournaments.”
“The net impact is if you reduce from five to four the jigsaw becomes much easier to fit together. It is a debate that is going to run but from our perspective five-days Tests is what we would like to see continue,” he added.
“Our objectives are straightforward. We are very convinced we can create a compelling case for having two Test matches, an ODI, and new T20 teams for both men and women here at Lord’s. That is not because we are the home of cricket, but it is because we can deliver a number of things better than any other ground in the country,” Lavender further added.