MCC backs 5-day Tests despite ‘some benefits’ in 4-day format

Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly

Heath Mills raised concerns over reports of the ICC's planned change.

However players claim it would cheapen the Test format, run the risk of having more draws and largely dent the impact of spinners on wearing pitches.

Former India captain Anil Kumble, who heads the cricket committee of the sport's governing body, said the proposal will be discussed in the next round of the ICC meetings, to held in Dubai from March 27-31.

With the ICC exploring possible changes to the global calendar from 2023, national cricket governing bodies and players have become involved in the debate about the future of the longest format.

The MCC has given its backing to the continuation of five-day Test matches, amid debate over whether cricket's longest format could be shortened.


And they reaffirmed their position on Monday after further discussions.

"The MCC Cricket Committee and MCC World Cricket Committee have discussed the issue recently and while they may see some benefits that four-day test cricket could bring, both committees believe test cricket continues to be over five Days should be played".

Federation of International Cricketers' Associations government president Tony Irish the other day exhausted there clearly was "currently plenty of bad belief" in regards to the four-day proposition.

Meanwhile, MCC World Cricket Committee has members who have played worldwide cricket at the top level. So I'm glad I can have the same old five-day test game.

Among other things, Australian players have stated that this is different from first-class games at the national level.

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