The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given green signal to teams plotting on having four day test matches. After the governing body’s meeting in Auckland, ICC chief executive David Richardson has confirmed their decision. The very first 4-day test will be between South Africa & Zimbabwe on boxing day (26th December).
The board has also confirmed that all 12 full members are allowed to schedule 4-day test matches as per bilateral agreement. Richardson also confirmed that a set of standardised playing conditions will now be finalised Richardson said, “Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a 5-day Test format”. “However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by members.
“Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams.” With Ireland, Afghanistan added to the test scenarios this year, fans will now have the chance to enjoy an abridged version of the longest format of the game.