ICC decided to start with four-day Test matches in near future

Vastavam web: The ICC has decided to start with four-day Test matches on a trial basis but the Indian cricket team is unlikely to play the curtailed version of the longest format in near future.The decision to introduce four-day Test was taken during recent ICC board meeting in Auckland with South Africa and Zimbabwe set to play the inaugural four day ‘Test’ on the ‘Boxing Day’.”India will not play any four day Test matches, atleast in the near future. Any Test match involving India will be a five-day affair,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments told on conditions of anonymity.

“The BCCI believes that there is a lot of merit in Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee’s recommendations that duration should not be tinkered with. But since four-day Test matches are bi-partite agreements, if two nations are okay, they will go ahead with it,” the official said.”Only five-day Tests will have points that will be counted for the World Test Championship. What’s the point in playing matches that won’t count for anything. In any case, if we play Ireland or Afghanistan also, it will be five-day affairs,” the official said.It is learnt that ICC’s main aim towards promoting four- day Test is to ensure that Ireland and Afghanistan are eased into the system along with Zimbabwe being able to remain competitive.