BCCI echoes Kohli, Shastri, needs 5-day Tests to remain - Report

BCCI echoes Kohli, Shastri, needs 5-day Tests to remain - Report

The ICC cricket committee is set to talk about the concept of four-day Test matches, but it will, in all likelihood, get a red flag from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the Indian board is set to stand with skipper Virat Kohli and teach Ravi Shastri.

Both the captain and the head educate of the group have made it clear that they prefer the traditional format to now not lose its sheen by using turning from a five-day affair into one of four days.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI reputable said that while the board will talk about the remember with Cricket Australia and the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) around the BCCI awards on January 12 in Mumbai, the board is certainly in help of skipper Kohli and train Shastri.

“See, it is solely right that you discuss these matters and we will do the equal with CA, ECB and Cricket South Africa. But as matters stand now, we are on the same platform as our skipper and teach and don’t see an awful lot sense in cutting Test cricket to 4 days from the traditional five. In fact, it is not simply our captain or coach, you have also heard the likes of Joe Root (English captain) and Faf du Plessis (South Africa skipper) make their opinions clear on the matter. It would possibly be an option for the lower ranked teams, however now not when two massive groups clash. Tradition can’t be toyed with,” the authentic pointed.

Kohli made his opinion clear on the eve of the opening T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Guwahati and said: “According to me, it ought to no longer be altered. As I said, the day-night is some other step towards commercialising Test cricket and you know, creating excitement round it, but it can’t be tinkered with too much. I don’t trust so.

“You know the Day-Night Test is the most that should be changed about Test cricket, according to me. Then you are only solely speaking about getting numbers, amusement and you know. I think the intent will not be right then due to the fact then you will talk of three-day Tests. I suggest the place do you end? Then you will talk of Test cricket disappearing.

“So I don’t recommend that at all. I don’t suppose that is fair to the purest format of the game. How cricket commenced initially, and you be aware of five-day Tests used to be the best of exams you can have at the International level.”

Shastri additionally called the idea nonsensical. “Four-day Test is nonsense. If this goes on we may also have limited-overs Tests. There is no need to tamper with five-day Tests. If at all they desire to tamper then let the pinnacle six sides play five-day Tests and the next six be allowed to play four-day Tests.

“If you desire to maintain Tests then let the pinnacle six play extra in opposition to each other. You have the shorter format to popularise the game,” he told News18.

While the assembly of the Big Three is set to take region subsequent week and will see discussions on the ICC’s notion of 4-day Tests, it looks unlikely that the BCCI will budge from the stance taken by means of skipper Kohli and train Shastri.