Vastavam web: The ICC working group will be meeting the senior BCCI officials here on Thursday to discuss some of the prevailing issues in world cricket including the future of Tests.The working group in ICC formulates policies and then takes feedback of its stakeholders (member nations, sponsors).BCCI acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and CEO Rahul Johri are expected to be briefed about the ICC working group’s progress in the meeting.”Test cricket is the ultimate format and I am sure all the stakeholders will be working a way out to sustain the level of interest. I believe that all three formats can co-exist. I expect that suggestions given by the BCCI will be taken seriously,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI today.
Day/Night Test cricket is expected to be another key issue. While it is now well-documented that acting secretary Choudhary was in favour of India playing pink ball Test against West Indies, something the Indian team’s chief coach Ravi Shastri had initially agreed.There are various school of thoughts and one is to start Test matches across the globe on Thursdays.
The third and fourth days are always considered to be the most important days and if it’s on a weekend, then one can expect more footfalls. Obviously, there would be an odd ‘Boxing Day’ Test, but in general, Thursday starts could prove to be beneficial.Recently, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said that Test cricket may not be sustainable in the long run with the advent of T20 leagues across the globe.Trends have shown that young cricketers are ready to choose club over country, freelancing in private T20 leagues.