MCC Not In Favour Of Four-Day Test Cricket

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

However, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) - the sport's lawmakers - announced on Tuesday that they believe the duration of a Test match should remain five days.

Tim May, a member of the MCC World Cricket Committee, also has a seat on the ICC's Cricket Committee, while the MCC, the owner of Lord's, is also represented.

Five-day Tests have been set since 1979 and some of the format's most thrilling finishes - including the draw at the Oval which sealed England's historic 2005 Ashes win and the recent win over South Africa in Cape Town - have been played out on the final day.

A statement said: "Both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days".

Globally, Sachin Tendulkar has also warned against the move, as has powerful India captain Virat Kohli, England counterpart Joe Root and the global players' union.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has raised the possibility that Tests after 2023 could be cut to four days.

"MCC has actually mentioned the current conversation in connection with future of Test cricket plus the ICC's want to debate the development of four-day Test cricket to restore current five-day structure within the World Test Championship from 2023". When it comes to test cricket, you know that you shouldn't change some things or touch too much because you see the result happen so often on the fifth day.

A third could also be played next summer when Australia host Afghanistan.

Federation of International Cricketers" Associations executive chairman Tony Irish last week stressed there was "currently a lot of negative sentiment' concerning the four-day proposal.

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