"I feel Tests should remain five-dayers," says ICC cricket committee member Mahela Jayawardene

ICC wants to make four-day Tests mandatory starting the 2023 international calendar.

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ICC committee member Mahela Jayawardene believes that Test cricket should be played over 5 days and it should not be altered.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is going to discuss the proposal of the four-day Tests in March even though most of the players that have given their opinion are against the change. Former Sri Lanka captain and a member of the ICC committee, Mahela Jayawardene is also of the opinion that the longest format of the game should not be tinkered with.

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Jayawardene told PTI, “We will discuss it in the meeting (in March, and I don't know what will happen after that but my personal opinion is that it should remain five days. I would not want any change.

Some legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Ricky Ponting have also opined against the change. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that it will be too early to talk about it. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon called the proposal ‘ridiculous’.

On the other hand, former cricketers Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan, and Mark Taylor are in favor of the change along with the cricket boards of England and South Africa. Two four-day Tests have been contested previously (South Africa v Zimbabwe and England v Ireland) and both produced a result.

(Inputs from PTI)


By Sameer Deodhar - 08 Jan, 2020

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