ICC will implement change only after talking to member countries
BCCI demands more bilateral series from ICC to be included in calendar
Dainik BhaskarDec 30, 2019, 03:34 PM IST Sports Desk. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering reducing the Test days to four days instead of five to ease the hectic schedule of the cricket calendar. This can be from the World Test Championship from 2023. The ICC Cricket Committee may take a decision on it next year. The change will be implemented only after talking to member countries. Demand is being raised in front of ICC for extension of time for bilateral and other types of tournaments.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also demanded more bilateral series from ICC to be included in the calendar. Apart from this, the reasons are also included in the rising T20 and the expense of organizing the test match.
"We will definitely take a decision in the next 12 to 18 months," Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Kevin Roberts said, "We have to think seriously about the four-day test. It is one that has to think beyond emotions. We have to consider the average time period of the test in the last five to 10 years. We will definitely take a decision about this in the next 12 to 18 months. It will be included in the calendar of 2023 to 2031. We are talking with the ICC members. It is challenging, but we are committed to doing it. "
Tony Irish, head of FICA, an international cricket body, said, “A four-day Test has two counts. This will ease the pressure from the calendar and schedule, but the space that will be vacant will include more cricket events. In such a situation, the new infrastructure should be simplified. ”
Broadcasters and hosts will increase revenue in four days Test is not new. Earlier this year, the match played between England and Ireland was of four days. Before that, a match between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2017 was also a four-day match. By conducting four days, the number of test series will also be increased. This will increase the revenue of broadcasters and host boards. For example- The four-match Test series between India and Australia was played for 20 days at the end of 2018. If it had been four days, then a series of five matches could have been held.