The future of cricket June 30, 2009

ICC chief suggests four-day Tests

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David Morgan, the ICC president, has hinted that Test cricket may be reduced to four days to protect and enrich the game's oldest format in the face of lucrative Twenty20 leagues like the IPL. The suggestion is one of several radical changes mooted for the new Future Tours Programme, including a two-tier format and day-night Tests to attract more crowds.

"Another thought that many people have, that we are examining is whether Test match cricket can be played over four days rather than five," Morgan told the India Today magazine. "I would be very surprised if within a year you haven't seen some significant changes in Test match cricket."

James Sutherland, the chief executive of Cricket Australia, confirmed that four-day Tests had been raised in strategy discussions during recent ICC meetings in London. Sutherland said the concept was not a "developed thought", but indicated the willingness of cricket's leaders to modernise the game.

"That was just one of a number of initiatives and innovations that were raised in strategy discussion," Sutherland told Cricinfo. "I have heard Mark Taylor talk about four-day Tests as a concept in the past, but I'm not sure if it is something that will be taken on."

Morgan felt it wouldn't be too difficult for players to make a mental shift from five days to four. He added that Test cricket needed many more adjustments, and that special cricket balls would have to be made to facilitate night Tests in white clothing.

"We need better over-rates, better pitches that give a good balance between bat and ball and we need to consider day-night Test cricket," Morgan said. "There is great support for it, the issue is the colour of the ball and the quality of the ball. It would be a pity if Test match cricket - day-night - had to be played with a white ball and therefore coloured clothing.

"We are looking very closely at ball manufacturing design that replicates a red ball, maybe an orange ball, a ball that could still allow us to play in white clothing and still at night."

The two-tier structure was recently put forth by Dave Richardson, the ICC general manager for cricket, to divide the stronger and weaker teams and make the format more competitive. Sutherland has leant his tentative backing to the concept, although is cogniscent of the impact it could have on smaller Test nations.

"Test cricket is the ultimate test of skill, fitness and mental strength, and contests between stronger and weaker teams often lack the competitive aspect of other forms of the game," Sutherland said. "For sport to be entertaining and something that engages with the public, there needs to be uncertainty in terms of the result. We have probably seen in recent years too many matches where that hasn't necessarily been the case.

"We see merit in the idea of similar strength teams being pitted against each other, but there is obviously a flipside to that. If India, for example, is placed in the top-tier, then nations in the second tier would be at a commercial disadvantage with their ability to host them. These are all factors that will be discussed, but the most important element from our point of view is that Test cricket retains quality content and context."

The ICC has also given the go ahead for the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) from October following trials in specific series over the last year. Umpires will have greater scope to decide on bad-light interruptions and the penalities for slow over-rates have also been increased.

With so much emphasis on Twenty20 and the enrichment of Test cricket, Morgan remained confident of the survival of the 50-over game in its current form, now with batting Powerplays and free-hits added to add greater intrigue. He also defended the presence of the Champions Trophy in an already crowded calendar, despite its unpopularity with many of the players.

The Champions Trophy, to be played in South Africa in September, will feature only the top eight teams and is a shorter tournament compared to previous editions.

"It will be played over a shorter period and we are certain it will rejuvenate the Champions Trophy brand," he said. "The brand needed polishing, rejuvenating, it needed remodeling and this event will be a very, very exciting and successful event I'm sure. It will be the event that will give fifty overs cricket its profile back, give it a boost without a doubt."

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  • Sportsscientist on July 6, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    seriously speaking, why dont the ICC address the real reasons behind drawn tests. if you eliminate the weather...then you had the pitches, produced by home test boards, who do not want to loose, biased towards home conditions. they have neutral umpires, but the ICC do not regulate all test pitches...why??? is it because of internal politics?? and why is there no test championship, to give test matches a context or meaning?? we have neutral umpires now, which is good, & there is disscussion about a two teir system,but the pitches, when will they learn. and is there solution to try to make test matches closer to 20twenty?? what next. 4 day test match, with each team batting after each other on each of the four days??? for 100 overs in the day??? maybe i shouldn't tempt fate!!!! why bare the ICC so crazy!!!!

  • santhoshkudva on July 5, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    australian cricket is the primary reason why test cricket has managed to stay afloat. since the appointment of allan border at the helm, aus cricket has never looked back. each successive captain has managed to do one better than his predecessor. sporting declarations, ruthlessness on the field, scoring rate, margin of series victories, etc have all contributed to factors that makes their game watchable. on the other hand, teams like india are content with 1-0 margin victories in test series, never want to force victories if they dont have the upper hand at the end of first innings, and are quite happy to play out draws. the need of the hour is not to change the rules to accomodate the shortcoming of the players, but to change the mindset of players. if rules have to be amended, they must be done in such a manner that teams and players are forced out of their comfort zones and to learn to live and die by the sword.

  • willls on July 4, 2009, 15:36 GMT

    Why is everyone worrying about the fate of test cricket because of t20, when it is odi's that will obviously suffer first??? In 4day domestic leagues, the pace of the games aren't muck faster, the only difference is the fact that there are more draws, which nobody wants to see. Leave tests cricket as it is, if tests were competed over 4 days, would we have seen such a wonderful SA vs Aus test series (home and away) recently? Oh, and as for hermithead, if that is how you feel about the game, find a different website to voice your opinions

  • Hadrium01 on July 3, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    My Suggestion:

    The Idea of home and away series is great

    1. Reduce numbers of Tests in a series to 2 (playing 5 test series will be too lengthy, like 3 ODI, 2 tests, 1 T20 )

    2. Calculate points on win and losses

    3. Bonus Points on inning defeat/less or no points in draw matches (it will force teams to go for win, and force home team to prepare result oriented pitches)

    3. Away wins or Home wins Point System (Just like in premier league Football)

    4. Complete this circle in 4 years and the two teams with maximum points play final after every ODI World cup

  • santhoshkudva on July 2, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    a suggestion. let it be mandatory for the team batting 4th to chase down the target if: *the target set is NOT higher than any of the previous 3 innings of the match and *the run rate set for the target is not higher than the defending team's average runrate. Teams wanting to force victory will be wary of batting towards 'safe' targets, and with smart declarations, captains can make it binding on the opposition to go for a victory. an example: team 1 (first inn) 360 team 2 (first inn)-190 team 1 in the 2nd inn has two options: A-to declare at 188 or fewer to make it binding on team 2 to chase(assuming the asking rate is less than their own). if team 2 fails to chase 359 but are not bowled out, team 1 still wins. B-to bat as long as they wish if they are confident of bowling team 2 out (existing situation) in case rain curtails the 4th innings, if 50% of the remaining overs have been bowled, then targets can be revised the way it is done for limited over matches.

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 1, 2009, 18:24 GMT

    Leave Test Cricket as it is. That is the way the beautiful game should be played!! Market the T20 format!! take it to the world and use T20 to make cricket popular!!! take to the US and China and Europe.. why isn't the ICC trying to include T20s in the Olympics. as Gilchrist brilliantly noted it is a win-win for both the Olympics and cricket!! guys lets start a campaign to take T20 to the Olympics!!!

  • Sportsscientist on July 1, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    people like hermithead should be banned from this debate!!! you dont like test cricket fine......you think its boring fine......even the people who are defending test cricket so t20's value. if the fans like it & it makes money...fine. its entertainment, but dont start comparing and telling the world that it is "superior" & "more skillful" leave test cricket alone......no one is asking non test cricket lovers to watch the game. I enjoy t20, but leave test cricket alone.

  • zali1998 on July 1, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    I think it's a dumb idea. First of all, please let test cricket be! Changing the time frame will change the mindset of the teams and players and ruin the texture of test cricket. Secondly, the excuse that it will eliminate dull draws, is so vain! In fact there will be more draws if anything because strong teams will not have enough time to finish two innings! A BIG NO to 4-day tests!

  • nafzak on July 1, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    4 day Tests = BAD IDEA. What is killing Test cricket is too much cricket. My suggestions: 1. Reduce the amount of Test Matches played so that a great player may play closer to 70 Tests over a long career instead of 100 or more. 2. Find a happy medium btw ODIs and 20/20 - say 35/35 ODIs. WI next tour of Australia will consist of 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T/20. This is too much crammed in a short time. In the older days (my youth) the visiting team will play a 1st class team (usually a county, state or territory) in a 4 day match followed by the Test match. This helped the smaller and less wealthy countries develop & prepare their players for higher competition and made matches more competitive. Whatever the case, playing Tests in the night or shortening matches to 4 days is not the answer. Perhaps the ICC needs to look at marketing strategies. As a W Indian living in US and with some $$ to spend, I would like a vacation package to somewhere that will include a Test match.

  • kash30 on July 1, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    Reducing the number of days to 4 will not make the crowd to come to test arena. Instead of reducing the days, why cant we stipulate number of overs per innings to 220 over for 1 team. So that each team as a pressure to set the target. Which will bring more excitement to the game and also there wont be any draw games.

    This solution will bring more crowd to the test arena and this will test the skills of the players too.

  • Sportsscientist on July 6, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    seriously speaking, why dont the ICC address the real reasons behind drawn tests. if you eliminate the weather...then you had the pitches, produced by home test boards, who do not want to loose, biased towards home conditions. they have neutral umpires, but the ICC do not regulate all test pitches...why??? is it because of internal politics?? and why is there no test championship, to give test matches a context or meaning?? we have neutral umpires now, which is good, & there is disscussion about a two teir system,but the pitches, when will they learn. and is there solution to try to make test matches closer to 20twenty?? what next. 4 day test match, with each team batting after each other on each of the four days??? for 100 overs in the day??? maybe i shouldn't tempt fate!!!! why bare the ICC so crazy!!!!

  • santhoshkudva on July 5, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    australian cricket is the primary reason why test cricket has managed to stay afloat. since the appointment of allan border at the helm, aus cricket has never looked back. each successive captain has managed to do one better than his predecessor. sporting declarations, ruthlessness on the field, scoring rate, margin of series victories, etc have all contributed to factors that makes their game watchable. on the other hand, teams like india are content with 1-0 margin victories in test series, never want to force victories if they dont have the upper hand at the end of first innings, and are quite happy to play out draws. the need of the hour is not to change the rules to accomodate the shortcoming of the players, but to change the mindset of players. if rules have to be amended, they must be done in such a manner that teams and players are forced out of their comfort zones and to learn to live and die by the sword.

  • willls on July 4, 2009, 15:36 GMT

    Why is everyone worrying about the fate of test cricket because of t20, when it is odi's that will obviously suffer first??? In 4day domestic leagues, the pace of the games aren't muck faster, the only difference is the fact that there are more draws, which nobody wants to see. Leave tests cricket as it is, if tests were competed over 4 days, would we have seen such a wonderful SA vs Aus test series (home and away) recently? Oh, and as for hermithead, if that is how you feel about the game, find a different website to voice your opinions

  • Hadrium01 on July 3, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    My Suggestion:

    The Idea of home and away series is great

    1. Reduce numbers of Tests in a series to 2 (playing 5 test series will be too lengthy, like 3 ODI, 2 tests, 1 T20 )

    2. Calculate points on win and losses

    3. Bonus Points on inning defeat/less or no points in draw matches (it will force teams to go for win, and force home team to prepare result oriented pitches)

    3. Away wins or Home wins Point System (Just like in premier league Football)

    4. Complete this circle in 4 years and the two teams with maximum points play final after every ODI World cup

  • santhoshkudva on July 2, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    a suggestion. let it be mandatory for the team batting 4th to chase down the target if: *the target set is NOT higher than any of the previous 3 innings of the match and *the run rate set for the target is not higher than the defending team's average runrate. Teams wanting to force victory will be wary of batting towards 'safe' targets, and with smart declarations, captains can make it binding on the opposition to go for a victory. an example: team 1 (first inn) 360 team 2 (first inn)-190 team 1 in the 2nd inn has two options: A-to declare at 188 or fewer to make it binding on team 2 to chase(assuming the asking rate is less than their own). if team 2 fails to chase 359 but are not bowled out, team 1 still wins. B-to bat as long as they wish if they are confident of bowling team 2 out (existing situation) in case rain curtails the 4th innings, if 50% of the remaining overs have been bowled, then targets can be revised the way it is done for limited over matches.

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 1, 2009, 18:24 GMT

    Leave Test Cricket as it is. That is the way the beautiful game should be played!! Market the T20 format!! take it to the world and use T20 to make cricket popular!!! take to the US and China and Europe.. why isn't the ICC trying to include T20s in the Olympics. as Gilchrist brilliantly noted it is a win-win for both the Olympics and cricket!! guys lets start a campaign to take T20 to the Olympics!!!

  • Sportsscientist on July 1, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    people like hermithead should be banned from this debate!!! you dont like test cricket fine......you think its boring fine......even the people who are defending test cricket so t20's value. if the fans like it & it makes money...fine. its entertainment, but dont start comparing and telling the world that it is "superior" & "more skillful" leave test cricket alone......no one is asking non test cricket lovers to watch the game. I enjoy t20, but leave test cricket alone.

  • zali1998 on July 1, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    I think it's a dumb idea. First of all, please let test cricket be! Changing the time frame will change the mindset of the teams and players and ruin the texture of test cricket. Secondly, the excuse that it will eliminate dull draws, is so vain! In fact there will be more draws if anything because strong teams will not have enough time to finish two innings! A BIG NO to 4-day tests!

  • nafzak on July 1, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    4 day Tests = BAD IDEA. What is killing Test cricket is too much cricket. My suggestions: 1. Reduce the amount of Test Matches played so that a great player may play closer to 70 Tests over a long career instead of 100 or more. 2. Find a happy medium btw ODIs and 20/20 - say 35/35 ODIs. WI next tour of Australia will consist of 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T/20. This is too much crammed in a short time. In the older days (my youth) the visiting team will play a 1st class team (usually a county, state or territory) in a 4 day match followed by the Test match. This helped the smaller and less wealthy countries develop & prepare their players for higher competition and made matches more competitive. Whatever the case, playing Tests in the night or shortening matches to 4 days is not the answer. Perhaps the ICC needs to look at marketing strategies. As a W Indian living in US and with some $$ to spend, I would like a vacation package to somewhere that will include a Test match.

  • kash30 on July 1, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    Reducing the number of days to 4 will not make the crowd to come to test arena. Instead of reducing the days, why cant we stipulate number of overs per innings to 220 over for 1 team. So that each team as a pressure to set the target. Which will bring more excitement to the game and also there wont be any draw games.

    This solution will bring more crowd to the test arena and this will test the skills of the players too.

  • santhoshkudva on July 1, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    * i am dying to know how shortening a test match by a day will enhance the chances of having a result. we will only see more drawn tests. * after 132 yrs of test cricket, isn't it a shame that we are still trying to figure out what is good for the game? why didnt we have grounds of one standard size from the beginning? what makes us think that only what happens on the 22yard strip is significant and not on the outfield? * to have results for test matches we need to have the right people playing the game and not change rules and laws to suit the incompetence of players. when did australia last feature in a drawn test? on the other hand, india provides a study in contrast: sitting on a 360 run lead with two days to play, they choose to bat again, letting england out of jail. *finally, why dont we simply let test cricket be? treat the other formats as different sports and not compare them with tests!

  • Eviltoastsa on July 1, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    re: hermithead: I can understand the fact that u might like t20 cricket more no prob...BUT u must understand that everyone that has always liked the original form of cricket will definitely take some kind of offence when "noobs" who only like t20 cricket come and wags their tongues and say we should abolish test and ODI cricket when these people are new to the game...thats not fair and u must understand the logic...

    what do u guys think happened when odi cricket was introduced?! The same debate went on back then...

    Test cricket will never die so long as they keep the game itself intact...Tests arent making a loss (atleast not in south africa and other big countries). I went to the tests between AUS vs SA and they most of the time sold out and all 6 tests had a result. It was bloody good competitive cricket.

    T20's are just creating immense excitment and now the ICC has gone bonkers and trying to "spice up" the other formats to replicate this new interest. Its not really neccesary!

  • Jayasampath on July 1, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    The best solution is to leave Test and ODI Cricket on it's way and make T20 teams separately by the Cricket teams(Test & ODI team) and make a new sport named "T20",which is not Cricket at all. Using Test players for T20 would also reduce their real Cricketing talent as well. You can find so many sloggers even in the street tennis-ball cricket. But you should have lucky to see an elegant player. The way Cricket goes today is really frustrating the real Cricket lovers. I'm sure that we will have to see the end of the Real, Classical Test Cricket soon.

  • Mossop1313 on July 1, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    Why do they think they need to change test cricket?!?!?!?!? Last summer here and South Africa - 6 tests, 6 results. The draw is now the anachronism - not Test match cricket!!! The travesty that is T20 is sending evreybody whirling off into space - realistically T20 is no more than an adult version of T-ball. Gotta wonder what is going on.

  • Mumtaz_Zaheer on July 1, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    Why would they like to change the format when last year 62% of the test matches were not drawn? So driving force in changing the format is not the results, it is actually the revenue... how come reducing test matches to 4 day will ensure a result? I think 4 days would help teams to draw the match... Day/Night seems logical incase want to attract more people in stadium...

  • GAINDA on July 1, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    Test cricket is an archaic and obsolete form of the game that does need to be modernised in line with the 21st century. If cricket is to remain attractive for consumers it must be continually adapted and reinvented to keep pace with changing needs. My proposal would be for test cricket to be based on a points system which would ensure that there is a result even if there is no outright win. This can be achieved by allowing each team a maximum of 100 overs (slightly more than 1 days play) and points allocated based on a formula of points scored - wickets lost. Each run = 1 point and each wicket = 10 points. Example a team scoring 300 runs for 5 wickets would have a net score of 250. This way teams who may have played negatively in a series would lose while those who have performed more consistently over the series would get a fair reward for their performance.

  • comptonforever on July 1, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    Morgan's four-day suggestion is utter madness and irresponsibility. These sensation-seekers will have the game l;imited to Ten/Ten overs. Day/Night Tests, though, should be tried experimentally.

  • Jayasampath on July 1, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    Omg! They gonna kill the Test Cricket. I don't think any Test Cricket Lover would like this to happen. A mad form of the game which called "T20" has came in to the Cricket world from nowhere and keep harming the Spirit of the real game by involving into stupid fans' minds, which like just to see the ball in the air and don't know what the real Cricket is. Does this deserved to happen? What can we do? Nothing but to watch how the game is going to be vanished?

  • fiolexem on July 1, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Please ICC leave Test cricket the way it is. It is the traditional format of the game. It is like chess and more cerebral than any other sport I know. It not only about the win its about cricketers planning and strategic planning strategic planning each other. The one day format and 20 20 is for adrenalin .. tests are for the connoisseurs.

  • vinoth_ieee on July 1, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    Rather than reducing it to 4 days it will be better to think some way to achieve results in all the test matches. That will be more interesting. With the draw option sometimes the match becomes boring. Reducing it to 4 days is no way going to help to attract any audience.

  • Octa on July 1, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    Morgan has to go - what a short sighted man. There's still money in cricket - its just the powers that be have turned it away from a sporting venture and supplanted in a business model. Now the whole thing is revenue driven and the almighty coin is driving the decision making. This is not about profits Morgan - this is about integrity, history, triumph through a difficult and grueling 5 days of testing ones strengths and weaknesses. T20 is your cash cow - dont start messing with test cricket because the dollar signs start rolling in your eyes. The pinnacle of achievement in cricket comes from test cricket

  • Niaz on July 1, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    Reducing Tests to 4 days will kill Test Cricket as it will result in more drawn matches. Infact the tests should be increased to 6 days so that it will be the real test for a cricketer and it will produce results and not boring drawn matches.

  • Cricfan27 on July 1, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    ICC themselves are out to annihilate TEST CRICKET at the dictation of some invisible dons. It is not the spectators who at any event demanded the end of test cricket. It is the ICC people who are trying heart and soul to ruin test cricket. They have never witnessed how the cricket loving spectators savor an exciting match saving draw, specially when it matters to seal the series. A draw is also a RESULT in a game. And besides a draw is there in every game. Football, hockey probably have more spectators. Are their watchers disliking it or FIFA is trying to eliminate the draw. Only in a tournament in the knockout round there is a system of tie-breaker etc. STOP these dons and SAVE TEST CRICKET!

  • kal07 on July 1, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    If the ICC desperately want to make a change, they should make a few test matches a day-night affair...It would be great idea to have one day-night test in a series. This will bring in new dynamics to the already best and most testing format...Dew factor, seam bowlers finding end of the night more suitable, batmen loving the first few overs under the sun, etc. I would love to see that. ICC should read all the fan comments here before reaching a conclusion.

  • Aatosh on July 1, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    Yes it will be good move to save test cricket but I would like to add one more thing that one team should not be allowed to play more than 180 overs.

  • RaghShenoy on July 1, 2009, 7:36 GMT

    This is Utter non-sense!! Can anyone explain how this will be exciting?! The number of draws will be more... People will lose interest in test cricket.. The only way to achieve a test match result would be, if Australia plays Bangladesh in Australia!! Please don't spoil TEST Cricket... We still love it... And we love it the way it is...

  • popcorn on July 1, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    Davis Morgan and his money -minded cohorts are stupid.They only make noises about protecting Test Cricket, but all they want is money.

    Thank God they are not running the PGA Golf Tour. They will change The Masters, The US Opn, The Open, and ALL Golf Tournaments to hole -in -one tournaments.

    Every Cricketer worth his salt has expressed that excelling at Test Cricket is the Pinnacle of achievement.

    Throw out this ICC Panel.

  • Clickinfo on July 1, 2009, 7:25 GMT

    This is typical of David Morgan's tenure running the ICC. Tinker with stuff that's not broken and then fudge the real issues facing the game. He was useless running the ECB and he's just as useless running the ICC. He's bound to get a knighthood at the end of his time. A small price to pay for getting rid of him.

  • Bharat1981 on July 1, 2009, 7:17 GMT

    Mr Morgan's comments surprised me as such useless suggestion came from the head of the ICC. It seems he has not been associated with cricket at all throughout his life and nor has he any interest or knowledge about the game. Anybody having even a minute of the game will not give such ridiculous suggestion. In fact I agree with one of the suggestions given by a reader that we should have a 6th day as reserve day for test match. One more thing that needs to be done is the test series should be for a minimum of 5 test matches in place of 3 which is now mostly prevalent. It gives the visiting teams to come back in the series. Like sub-continent teams going to Australia or South Africa, the 1st match is almost surely lost, 2nd they find some foot and by the time they get used to the conditions in the 3rd the series is over. Same is true about other teams coming to sub-continent.

  • The_Warrior on July 1, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    With the exception of day-night Test considerations, it seems David Morgan offers a hideously myopic view of Test cricket, and the health of our wonderful sport in general. It is not money-mindedness as much as it is misguidedness - while we would be kidding ourselves to ignore the existential threat facing Test cricket (a threat posed not only by T20s, but also by pragmatic economic considerations and the faster, unforgiving pace of 21st century living), we need a logical, sensitive approach to reinvigorating interest in that most intriguing, skilful and cerebral of sports. This is not that approach.

  • sriram.putrevu on July 1, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    This is absolute nonsense. Please do not screw up TEST match cricket. This is the greatest format of cricket. I truly believe test match cricket is the real test of character for a cricketer. There are still many millions who admire this format, and will continue to shine, if managed well by ICC. All the 3 formats can co-exist if managed and promoted well by ICC. If they tweak with the traditional format, that would be ICC's biggest blunder.

  • Sampath_KCS on July 1, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    Very good move.This will definitely reduce high scoring 1st inning matches played on flat pitches. provided we have balanced pitches & good over rate. In addition ICC should introduce some mechanism to judge 1st inning result ( If the second inning is not played) & some points to be added to the winning team those points too should be considered for determining test rankings.

  • Nicola23 on July 1, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    I so do not agree with having 4 days of test cricket. Test cricket is still the ultimate test for players. Having 4 days of cricket will ruin test cricket. Test cricket is the best!!!

  • Dr.Usman on July 1, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    Four day test matches? So that even more test matches end in draw. No sorry we are better off with five day tests.

  • CB20 on July 1, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    Innovation for the sake of innovating! everyone's trying to take a dig at it....it's like playing darts in the dark! not interested...really! stop meddling with everything "Cricket". the world is not coming to and end!

  • GooglyPUNKMayil on July 1, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    This is a ridiculous proposal by the ICC. The charm of Test cricket lies in how the teams fight it out over the 5 days, Its a matter of pride, a test of character, skill and determination. How could one even think of modifying such a format which had been successful over 5 decades.If you are true cricket fan and have been following cricket for quiet a while, then Test cricket is the one that would be most loved. The problem lies in attracting new crowd as T20 has done now, which is only possible if Test cricket is made more competitive by eliminating Draws and Flat pitches from the equation as many of our friends pointed out above. ICC should better start thinking in that way. All the GREATS and LEGENDS of CRICKET whom we love the most became greats by playing and loving this format. If this is shortened it would only KILL THE LEGEND in it.

  • Devraj_indian on July 1, 2009, 5:44 GMT

    This is a very foolish thinking. In the present scenario, getting result from 5 day matches has become very rare and even if there is one, it is, on most occations due to the 5th day pitch. And if the game is reduced to 4 days, i doubt we will have results in a test match.

  • howizzat on July 1, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    1. From 5 days to 4 days is a step backward and wont help the cause anyway. When the tests get drawn even in 5 days how 4 days will evoke interest? Instead I would suggest a combo of Limited Overs Tests(LOTs) along with normal 5 day tests. With LOTa I mean, it will be a result oriented 4 day test match with each innings limited to 1 day and 90 Overs. For the top tier teams a full series can be a combo of 2 TESTS and 3 LOTS. 2. Reduce ODIs to 40 Overs and and make fewer of them in fTP. Sceap all triseries and quadrangulars unless its a special occasion. 3. C'TROPHY should be played only the champions. It can be played within 10-12 months after the WC in the format that the best 5 teams in WC , playing one another on round robin basis and the best of the five taking away the trophy.

  • AmitGalphade on July 1, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    the 5 day test match is suppose to be test of the character of the cricket at highest level. it is this fomat which has over the years given us pleasure of watching so many greats of the game like Bradman, Sobbers, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Lara, Andy Flower, McGrath, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Kumble and so many great players. they stood the test of the time and went on to become great. now if we are going to temper with the format it would affect the game itself. make it interesting but not at the expense of the game itself. already t20 is mocking the high skill set required. one day cricket wasnt bad but in t20 you need some luck. please do not alter the game. let the game be played as it is. already it is becoming competitive with recent test matches yielding results and even if there have been draws they have been hard fought. we need great players who are the beacons of the game. for that they need right platform which is currently offered by test matches.

  • Prats6 on July 1, 2009, 5:10 GMT

    Why cant ICC leave Tests like they are and think about other fanciful stuff ? like 10 over and 5 over games ? Like playing cricket in Honduras ? Making umpires obsolete ?

    Come on, you need 450 overs in a game, I though it was a good idea to keep a 6th day as reserve to complete those overs .. here we have ludicrous suggestions by ICC chief !

  • Treeleaper on July 1, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    The beauty of test cricket is the drama that unfolds with the progression of the game. Five days is essential for that. If change is needed, we should be looking at minimum overs per hour with significant penalty runs per over for shortfalls. I'm not talking about 15 overs either, I would suggest 17 or 18, a figure that would have fielders changing positions with alacrity and mitigate against captains time wasting with endless consultations with bowlers. Where the light is a problem, stadium lights should be used until the scheduled conclusion of play.

  • TFayle on July 1, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    Given that in some recent test series it has been difficult to get a result in five days then how in the world is shortening the length of the match to four days going to help? We will just end up with more drawn tests, no matter what is said about "improving the balance between bat and ball".

  • Kazzamers on July 1, 2009, 4:48 GMT

    The Charm of test cricket, is the climax of the 5th Day, wherein a side comes back to win, or crumbles to lose, or an 8th or 9th wicket pair saves the match. We wud never have Kolkatta Ind V/s Aus !! If they are sincere, then ensure better pitches. OfCourse Tier System is good; Unncessary Contests wud be removed and more free space for players to recuperate. A 4-Day test , is all waste !!!

  • Vorticon on July 1, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    If captains and players could sort themselves out, we could have 100-110 overs in a day like first class and senior club cricketers manage to do, and like test players of old managed to do. Then we could have four day tests with only a minor reduction in total overs quite easily.

  • anxiety on July 1, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    what what happened to the pink ball they were thinking to make

  • Itchy on July 1, 2009, 4:31 GMT

    Test cricket as a game does not need changing. The only changes that need to be made are at a strategic level: 1) Stop pitches being prepared like roads where matches end as a high scoring draws. 2) Reduce the number of test matches played so that each new series means more to the players and public (kudos to Gilly for this suggestion). 3) Introduce two blank months in the international calendar each year to allow for IPL or similar tournaments. This will reduce the chance of players choosing money over country. 4) Reduce the number of meaningless one day series which no one cares about.

  • Antu on July 1, 2009, 4:23 GMT

    I don't like the idea. He wants to destroy classic cricket. Test cricket should stay the way as it is. ICC should focus on quality of pitches, balls and environment where the test crickets will be held.

    The making of two tiers may be a good idea though. Here ranked 1 in 2nd tire will get chance in 1st tier next season, while rank last in 1st tier will be down to 2nd tier. This may be done.

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on July 1, 2009, 4:22 GMT

    in current scenario, the thing which makes test cricket boreing is a draw results. it happens only because when one side feels their winning chaces faded they opted to go in covers and concentrate on survival for making the result draw. sometime it proves so excitting that a lossing team somehow managed to get a draw and save the test which ultimately effect the series result but in most of the cases general public gets bored with draw results. if ICC wants to save the test matches in its current form, it would not be the colored ball or day and night adjustments but the scenario where an ultimate winner come out of the 5 day toil. ICC should develop a mechanism where test cricket start giving result in shape of win or loss. one way of doing this is to decide test matches on 1st inning result. this system is quite sucessful in pakistan's domectic cricket and could be opted for international test cricket.

  • Subhasish_Nanda on July 1, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    I wonder people complain about 5th day pitch!!! all the 5th day pitch is a daemon created by host coutries most often. But if ICC has will then they can impose strict penaltities and suspending grounds; which will lead to nothing but competative wicket. Have you guys forgotten all those excitement of enforcing follow on, trying to save a match, declaration of second innings; I think for a true cricket lover, I won't give up that for a million T20 games. Why change the format; which has been so exciting. If pitch has to be a problem then they will be from day 2-3 also...Fifth day make it absolute balance...4 days are not enough to give spinners some positive. Day 1 for seamers. 2-4 for skills of batsmen and 5th to the spinners. That's how is has been and that is how it should always. And if you go down in memory lane; people had problem with pitch on 1-4 days more often than 5th day. So improve the pitch but don't cut down the 5 day game to 4.

  • Gloryof96 on July 1, 2009, 3:58 GMT

    You need 15 session to at least win a test match. If not, here is some food for thought: 1. 3 sessions a day for 4 days. 2. Each session is 2:30 (additional (0:30) 3. Start at 0900 4. 12 players on each side 5. Can field only 11 players so you can play more bowlers when feilding. 6. 110 overs per day (35 overs per session with the last session beeing 40 overs)

    Before the ICC goes doing anything, they should first get some stats evaluated, of all the test played since 1980:

    1. How many matches have gone the full distnace? (Result and no result) 2. How many have got a result in 4 days? (Result and no result)

    The idea is to get a result as much as you can and not kill the best form of Cricket where you test the 3 departments of a team. One things is for sure, the pople who love test cricket will never die as long as the ODI's and T20's and under control and wont get out of hand for commercial issues.

  • Muthu_Team on July 1, 2009, 3:51 GMT

    This is one of very worst idea put forward by ICC.. I don't know whether these people has any knowledge in running cricket. Test cricket should & must be played for 5 days.

  • tfjones1978 on July 1, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    Changes I would like to see: * 4 sessions/day, 25 overs/session, 5 balls/over. * Day/Night Test matches using Orange ball. 2pm - 9pm with three 20 minute breaks. * 4 relegation tiers of 6 teams (12 Test, 12 Associate Test) playing home & away (10 series) over 2 years. * Each series is 2 tests, 2 ODI & 2 T20's with one 4 day warm up match (30 days per series). * Each year, a team can play 3 home series in 4 months, 3 away series in 4 months and 4 months for World Cup / World T20 / 2 Friendly Series. * Series Pts(20): 10 win, 5 draw. Test win 3, test draw 1. ODI/T20 win 1. * Tests need to be balanced pitches (av 300 runs/inn's). * Dropping Champions Trophy & replacing with 3 relegation T20 Cups in 2 months: ** Affiliate Cup (41-101): 12 groups of 5 => 4 groups of 3 => Semis & final. ** Associate Cup (11-46): 6 groups of 6 => 2 groups of 3 => Semis & final. ** World Cup (1-14): 2 groups of 7 => Semis & Final. * 4 innings Test match, alternating each session until 40 wicks/declarations.

  • Srini_M on July 1, 2009, 3:43 GMT

    You know what? They should make test matches into 4 innings of 50 overs each! Now that would be an innovation! Okay, just kidding. I think we've had pretty sporting pitches the last few years and with the advent of more attacking forms of cricket (T20 and ODIs), even test cricket is faster pace. I shudder to think what the ICC will tinker with next. Fielding restrictions anyone?

  • StingRay on July 1, 2009, 3:21 GMT

    ICC... Leave Test cricket ALONE!!!!! For some of us, Test cricket is REAL cricket!

  • squidhead on July 1, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Mr. Morgan is a businessman and administrator, not even a former player, and seems to lack any real sense of what test cricket means to it's many loyal fans. What he's proposing here WILL mean the death of cricket for anyone who appreciates the game in it's purest, highest form. If only there was some high profile, respected, former player who had pondered the same problems but emerged with a different plan, and perchance had taken an opportunity to outline that plan at some prominent function somewhere. Maybe even at Lord's a week ago or so. Oh well...I really hope all this charmless slather and whack is worth it in the end. It's all our kids will have.

  • youfoundme on July 1, 2009, 3:02 GMT

    Test matches will always be the pinnacle in cricket, regardless of how many days you play for. But I would have liked to have seen test matches become, in a way, limited overs cricket - each (four) innings consisting of one and a half days which would equate to 135 overs. This would discount draws and bring a more powerful sense of urgency which I think test cricket lacks right now. Although that would mean playing 6 days (or there about) instead of the proposed 4. There is no doubt that T20 is the future, but where is the skill in swinging a bat around like a goon? ODI is my favorite form, and with the power play it makes in fairly unpredictable and exciting. I started getting into cricket when I was 14 (now 17) and have always preferred test and ODI cricket over T20...

  • Aahd on July 1, 2009, 3:01 GMT

    4 days instead of 5 will change what? Test cricket is about tradition and ICC is looking for easy money on everything now. Is it about reducing costs or about making the game more interesting? Because those of us who love Test cricket watch all 5 days. Yup we do. How is it going to help that the days are reduced? As Gilly said, don't mess with Test cricket. If you really are so desperate to find something to do, try taking T20 to the next level, campaign for it to be included in the Olympics.

    And please, Mr AARON.IFTEKHAR, go watch another game, it just wouldn't be cricket if those things were changed. Its a contest between players - bat and ball. Don't anyone make it a contest where the players have to compete against silly regulations, 'don't catch with both feet on the ground' or 'shut two thirds of your eyes when you hit the ball' ...just plain silly cosmetics.

  • debeersx on July 1, 2009, 2:51 GMT

    If anyone from the editorial staff reads this, I was wondering whether it would be possible to put all the attendance or TV viewing records from all forms of cricket together over a certain period so we could actually see whether test cricket is declining in popularity or if it's all a beat up. Maybe you could write an article about it. Just a thought.

  • redneck on July 1, 2009, 2:39 GMT

    if this 4 day tests came in imagine what 5th day climaxs' would be missed. tests like the adelaide test in the last ashes would never happen again. that match was the best cricket i have ever witnessed in any format ever in my 23 years of life! if it ended at stumps day 4 it would be remembered as a boring batsmen dominated draw! the comments are even more alarming considering there coming from the icc president! what is going on in the icc? i thought the 2 tier concept was bad enough as it will kill cricket in new zealand, west indies and pakistan as it will effectivly mean no prime tv money for any series and no big drawing teams that the home board can promote. youngsters cant go and watch their own play the best in the buisness and could well lose interest! upsets can happen, someone bellow mentioned the windies beating aus in 04 for example. im feeling rather uneasy about the future of the game i love!!! how did it get to this?????

  • DaNyo on July 1, 2009, 1:44 GMT

    First ICC came up with this dumb idea of having another t20 world cup next year just after 9 months and now he wants to totally destroy the classic version of the game.What about all the records that are in Test Cricket .Will they ever be broken ?I doubt if any batsman will score 300 plus runs in the 4 day version unless his team is not intending to win the match. I think the Tests should stay the way they are and they should limit t20 to one worldcup every two years. At the end of the day ICC should realise that Money is no everything , for the short term benefits they will destroy the game in the longer run.

  • namtap on July 1, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    Test cricket was nice while it lasted. A reminder of those quaint days when we valued all kinds of silly things that have no dollar value.

  • bobagorof on July 1, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    Like the other posters here, I don't see how reducing Tests from 5 to 4 days will solve anything. If matches can't get a decent result in 5 days because the pitches are boring flat-tracks with no help for the bowlers, then it certainly won't happen in 4 days. All that will happen is that lovers of the long form will get disenchanted even futher, and results will become even rarer. Flat batting tracks are ruining the game. If the ICC and national cricket boards want to maximise their revenue from Test cricket, they should encourage competetive matches that have some life in the pitch - some matches may finish early because a team gets bowled out twice, but I believe it's better to occasionally sacrifice the revenue from 150 seats on a boring 5th day of a Test in favour of bringing 1000's of fans back to the game for days 1, 2, 3 and 4. But if the match is absorbing and going towards a 5th day result, people will still come. Make the day's play interesting - people want a contest!!

  • D.V.C. on July 1, 2009, 1:20 GMT

    Here's an idea: 5 day test cricket; just disallow the home board any revenue from the 5th day. Then maybe they will prepare a sporting pitch and we will get to see Test cricket the way it was meant to be played.

  • sandeeprevi on July 1, 2009, 0:58 GMT

    This is absolute madness to even think of 4 day test match.How does this make it any different from first class matches at all?A cricketer is only complete once he can play test cricket.All the matches would end up becoming draws and then the whole meaning of test cricket would be ruined.None of the players would take it seriously and we would have horrible cricketers coming throught the ranks.I'd rather see test cricket die than watch some 20-20 sloggers play 4 day cricket.Test cricket is still the pinnacle and should never be changed.Atleast 1 format has to remain same so that people who know the true meaning of cricket can watch it(not the ones thinking about money and glamour but the ones who think about the art of bowling and batting and fielding)

  • Cam_PT on July 1, 2009, 0:35 GMT

    I'm going to add to what most sane others have been saying. These suggestions are ludicrous and ridiculous. The only proposal that slightly makes sense is a two-tier system. Test Cricket is the ultimate in the sport and combined with such a rich history it would be sacrilege to even suggest such things as listed above. When I think back about the great games of cricket in recent years almost all are from Test matches. One-dayers and especially 20/20 are not just short in time-frame but also short in defining moments. Please don't be so short-sighted in your visions.

  • ahallnz on June 30, 2009, 23:58 GMT

    Why do people change cricket so much? I.e. powerplays in ODI's etc the sub rule a few years back and the ball change. Now 4 day tests. you dont see football changes to 20/20 minute halves.

  • pyramix on June 30, 2009, 23:33 GMT

    Wow, this is terrible news. ICC is killing cricket. Jesus Christ. Let's hope Tests don't get truncated.

  • Number_5 on June 30, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    I think the ICC should look at expanding its drug testing to include the ICC board members. This is the most absurd idea i have heard of since Greg Chappell decided to instuct his brother to bowl underarm. All forms of cricket (Test, T20 and 50 over) can exisit together in their current formats. Its about finding the right mix. Less 50 over cricket, replaced with more hit and giggle (T20) to keep the subcontient happy and line the pockets of the ICC with $ (because its clear, thats what is motivating the ICC $$$, not cricket) and a set number of tests per year, which will keep the purists happy.

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on June 30, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    Absolutely right decision. Of course, any reform itself is painful, like the reform of some society, e.g., transmission of eastern european countries from communism to democracy. T20 cricket is the revolution of the cricket and under this revolution process something should going to change. We are living under metric unit systems. All units changed to 100. The system of cricket should changed according to metric system. Under the new system T20 cricket must be an Olympic sport. For this reason ICC should think to change some rules in the cricket reasonable to 21st century lifestyles. Then cricket will be more dynamic and commercially profitable for both sponsors, organizers & players. Here, i'm proposing: 1) 5 balls per over, instead of 6; 2) all 10 players must bowling at least 1 over in T20, 2 overs in OD & 5 overs in the tests, ; 3) 1 batsman shouldn't face more than 50% of total playing balls (technical retrd), but if need can be act as a runner partner without counting his run...

  • timmmy1594 on June 30, 2009, 22:29 GMT

    in response to Najam_ji comment that 'Teenagers do not have interest in Cricket because it's too long and it's becoming popular among teenagers' I am 15 and much prefer a game of 5 day test match cricket to watching a predictable ODI and scrappy t/20 affair. think about the past few years how many last day thrillers have we had? if tests were shortened to four days those games would have been draws!

  • Luke_Drummond on June 30, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    Its the stupidest idea ive ever heard. Most test are won in the fifth day. Four days will only force a draw. Plus, the game is more intense in the fifth day. It shouldn't make player try too hard because then batsmen will go out quicker and fielding wouldn't be great. Doesn't anybody won't to try and beat 400 not out by Lara. In four days, teams would bearly finish the third innings. 4 days would increase draws.

  • prabwal on June 30, 2009, 22:25 GMT

    This is absolute rubbish...!

  • KiwiPom on June 30, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    Anyone who thinks test cricket is boring obviously never grew up in the 50s and 60s. Run-rates of 2-2.5 per over were quite normal, although the West Indies ' brand of cricket was a breath of fresh air. As many have said already 4-day tests would simply make a draw easier to achieve. The key is wickets that produce a good balance between bat and ball.

  • bharath74 on June 30, 2009, 22:09 GMT

    It like going to college for three years, doing ok at college and then dropping out of college without finishing graduation, thats what test cricket means to circket. Cricketer life is not complete without playing test cricket, so please dont change the format of the game, there are people still wanting to see how it spins on the5th and the final day of the test.

  • salmankhan1234 on June 30, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    I think real cricketer becomes cricketer after playing atleast 50 test matches and now it seems like it died out after T20 and icc wants to bring a player like a hard hitter who can hit 50 in 20 balls and get applause from a crowd . And if same hard hitter have put in a test cricket won't even stay on the pitch for an hour, then what are we looking at just slogging at the pitch to the bowler and get out thats so simple I can do that too.I think leave the test cricket as it is and reduce 50/50 and bring more 20/20 matches. We want some good cricketers not sloggy hitters.We want some entertainment and good cricket as well.

  • bharath74 on June 30, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    this is my response to SFay Its not about BCCI or england or australia, or " for a few dollars more" its about the integrity of the game, i think if cricket is alive, its largely due to craze for cricket in the subcontinent. i think its a dying game in other parts of the world. THATS FACT ICC should not change pattern of test cricket, which i think is the ultimate challenge for testing the ability of the cricketer. We agree to the fact that only UK and AUS draw large crowds for test cricket, but ICC is making enough money as it is. It should support this supreme form of game without chopping and changing the rules of the game.

  • Murlax on June 30, 2009, 21:42 GMT

    This is a terrible idea. How much ever I love watching 2020 cricket just because of the fast pace at which it runs, we all know that the real quality of the game lies in Test cricket. I will never ever forget the great battles between Michal Atherton and Donald, or the ones between Sachin and Warne, or great great low scoring matches with bowlers dominating the batsmen. Why are long games like Baseball and Golf still popular in the US? Because, everyone loves watching quality battles and it is not just capsule-packed entertainment that everyone wants. Having said that, I hope that the One-day format disappears from the game. It was just a starting point required in the mid-80s to propel the game into more fame. Now, its time is up. We used to watch TV and be content with the news we saw, 50 overs was fast enough. Nowadays, when we want to get the exact info in seconds on twitter, we require 20-20 format. This will last until our kids require something shorter! Tests will stay forever.

  • rjd4575 on June 30, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    This is by far the stupidest thing I have ever heard anyone from ICC say. Can anyone on Earth tell me how making a test match 4 days makes it any more interesting? Its just gonna result in more draws and making the game less apealing not more. Can anyone enlighten me as to the reasoning behind such an emensly stupid move? When T20 was introduced I knew it was the end for cricket and turns out like I might be right. Don't get me wrong T20 is amusing and fun but it is far from test cricket. Once you cut test cricket to 4 days it will be even less apealing to the masses and eventually it will be scrapped. how sad is that?

  • TwitterJitter on June 30, 2009, 20:55 GMT

    Lennon_Marx, Having the ICC take over IPL and distributing profits to other boards is a bit like UN taking over USA, Japan, and UK and distributing the GDP proportionately to other countries. Mate, it is not going to happen unless there is a communist takeover. It is a ridiculous suggestion.

  • DeepPoint on June 30, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    Go back to uncovered pitches and be strict on overrates. Lunch and tea should only be taken after 30 and 60 overs. Bring back the backfoot no ball rule and let the game go on. 4 days is a joke - is this for those who think tests are long (who will still think 4 days is too long?). The clowns are running the asylum. Remove Zim and Bdesh and the other teams will all take care of Test Cricket. Let the money come from T20 and ODIs.

  • cr1cketman on June 30, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    I am sick to death of this 20/20 rubbish!!! There is absolutely NO strokeplay, just crash bang bull****!!! Please leave the one game so many purists tune in to alone. Test cricket has always been the pinnacle. Tinkering with its format should never be mooted let alone implemented.

  • zohair02 on June 30, 2009, 20:46 GMT

    I am a big fan of Test cricket, but it is also true that I will never go to watch a Test match at the ground, or even spend an entire day in front of the TV to watch a single day's play. At best, I will follow the commentary on cricinfo whenever possible, i.e. if I'm not working and not sleeping and have nothing else to do. I may watch the occasional hour of Test cricket if India is playing and its a close game, and if the game is being telecast free and again if I am totally free. Having said that, a sport needs money to survive, and if I'm not willing to spend on it, the organisers have the right to change the game to make it attractive.

    All the readers saying this is a bad idea need to show up at the ground for test matches. Most of the Tests are played with 75% of the seats EMPTY. If you want Test Cricket the way it is now, you'll have to walk your talk and show the organisers full stadiums at each day of every Tect match. Until that happens, your comments are big talk.

  • venugaandu on June 30, 2009, 20:29 GMT

    Well i personally don't like the idea of 4 day test match but it may be good for test matches because who would have thought 10 years ago that players will be able to review umpire's decision but i think it was a successful rule.(requires bit more skill then just Batting, Bowling, Fielding.) Plus, if it doesn't work(like headphones for the umpires for nicks to help the LBW's) it can be changed back to 5 days. The idea of 4 day test cricket comes because i think ICC realizes that TEST CRICKET is pretty close to becoming history so they are trying to save it(not preserve it).

  • Najam_ji on June 30, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    There should be a limit in number overs a team can play, may be maximum 90 overs per innig. If anybody get out before 90 overs then it's well and good so they can definitely get a result in 4 days. Teenagers do not have interest in Cricket because it's too long and it's becoming popular among teenagers because of T20 and if ICC can get it in olympics, it will definitely boost the game.

  • Sriram.Dayanand on June 30, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    This is as asinine as it gets. And tragic too, when you consider the bare bones fact these are the people in charge of the sport. What has cricket done to deserve this ? We have now gone from reducing the number of matches to reducing the duration itself. Disgustedly yours..

  • Shriman on June 30, 2009, 20:17 GMT

    I think it's inevitable that Test Cricket will be altered from its present format. Resisting change simply because one's entrenched in their comfort-zone is not good for the long-term prospects of the sport. Looking back over the last couple of decades, it's easy to see how One-Day Cricket impacted the longer version and it's been better off for it. Gone are the days of 6 test match series with the final score-line reading 1-0 as is the 'Rest-Day' between days 3 & 4. Now, Twenty20 is casting its shadow on Tests & One-Dayers & such cross-pollination is quite alright.

  • Stevo_ on June 30, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    This sends chills down my spine.

    I can't believe that they would reduce test to 4 days and get rid of draws, I'm hoping this is just one man talking rubbish, it has to be. ... doesnt't it ?? I want to watch test cricket with my children and grand children. Nothing needs to change! Just because they can't get a test crowd in India, doesn't mean we need to change things, ask the players they know where the true art of cricket lies, and it's not slapping runs for 7 overs. Let the masses have their twenty twenty, but let us keep out tests, it is after all the only true form of cricket. Everything else is just hit and giggle. Myself and all my friends watch every Australian test, all days and attend all days when the test is in Brisbane. I pay to watch test cricket whilst I am overseas, something I would never do for 20/20 or ODIs. The 20/20 world cup is a farce, one every year, what a joke.

    ICC = money money money. Lead around by the BCCI and their TV rights $$$. What a disgrace

  • vivek464 on June 30, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    I don't think that the ICC should turn 5-day cricket to 4-day cricket, because all batsmen will become power-hitters, and will not have the proper technique. You also consider the fact that there won't be many results, because most test matches with results last for 5 days. Thanks, Vivek

  • ThomasD on June 30, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    GREAT MOVE. I cant believe all this negativity.

    4 days is fine if done right. add one hour to the day and introduce tougher drainage requirements and there will not be more draws than now, certainly not with fairer pitches and possible play under lights as well

    A 4-day ame could be friday to monday, virtually a weekend game with a friday noon start and a possible late finish on monday night if the game goes the distance.

    It would also allow all games in a series to start on the same day in the week, unlike the current mess caused by the three minimum days of rest required.

  • NanoTechnology on June 30, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    I know what would 'save' test cricket! Get rid of the 2nd innings, because that's always boring since the spinners get too much turn, so batsmen can't get enough runs, then make the first innings limited to 20 overs for each team! If there's still a dull dull draw after that each team gets a 3 ball "super-fun-*your company name here*-half-over". Then everyone will come and watch 20/20... uh... I mean, test cricket.

  • jp1988 on June 30, 2009, 18:57 GMT

    Four day Tests aren't a bad idea, and here's why. For the past decade everyone has complained that the balance between bat and ball is skewed and what's been done about it? Absolutely nothing, board's want pitches that last five days and so with increased scoring we get 500 vs 500 first innings every other match. If Tests are reduced to four days it forces boards to prepare pitches accordingly, meaning a better balance between bat and ball. There shouldn't be any increase (nor a decrease either) in the number of draws.

    I agree with the people on here who are bemoaning the batsman friendly conditions but if you really think the boards are going to throw money away by preparing bowler friendly pitches you've got more wrong with your heads than the ICC. If this idea is coupled with strict penalties for over rates, ensuring 360 overs in a match, it can work.

  • rajeshkamatanam on June 30, 2009, 18:53 GMT

    I just hope this doesn't happen.Reduce the number of tests if u want if need to make more money and play T20 cricket or even T5 cricket as u wish.But please don't tamper with test cricket.It seems ICC is planning IPL of its own thats why it is creating these kinda stupid plans.Already with the kind of flat pitches we r having these days test cricket is under bit of dilemma and now if its reduced to 4 days it increases the number of draws. That will kill test cricket more than anything else.

  • Subhasish_Nanda on June 30, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    Whatever little doubt I had; now I'm quite certain that the guys at ICC have lost it. They have completely lost their minds. Now all are running after money. And with T20 becoming popular with people who don't understand ABC of cricket; ICC wants to take advantage of it and paint the purest form of cricket with the T20 colors. Those of us who have followed the cricket since ever we know; we like it the way it is in Test cricket. test cricket is real cricket; please don't kill it. Otherwise down the line; all people will understand about cricket is bowler trying to bowl yorkers all the time and batsmen trying to clear rope; tha'st it....

  • Monis-Iqbal on June 30, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    If this happens, it will be heart broken to the tradionalists of the test cricket. Test cricket should not be molded into a 4-day game. Draw test will be more prominent. But good to the game will be a lively pitch atleast for the first day, TV referrals will really help. Heavy punishments on slow over-rate like run deduction [Make this mandatory to teh test cricket].

    Test crcket be dearest to people like Australia- England for the "The Ashes" or people in Indo-Pak for their bilaeral series.

    What ICC missing is powerful marketing of test cricket.

    Omission of "day 5" in the dictionary of test cricket will eventually mean for ICC, complete omssision of the pinnacle of the game.

  • philters on June 30, 2009, 18:41 GMT

    The ICC has to very careful that they do not fashion the game into one that will suppress the talents of future Tendulkar's, Lara's etc ..I would watch any innings by Lara before an innings of 80 from 30 balls by Gayle any day...

  • 9ST9 on June 30, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    The solution will be not to tamper with test cricket, but to reduce the number of games played. Barring an absolute purist most people would find watching a 5 test series an undesirable prospect. If less number of tests are played, since the rarity is there, undoubtedly there will be more interest in it. The same applies for 50 over cricket. The solution is to reduce quantity and through that increase quality..

  • AndyBowls on June 30, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    If I am not wrong, most of the recent matches have gone to 5 days. Draw should not be easy to achieve.

  • yaseenk2002 on June 30, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    I want Cricinfo to somehow convey the reaction of cricket fans to the ICC. This space is an ample proof of what the cricket viewers think about ICC tinkering with purest form of cricket. PLEASE ICC DON'T DO THIS!

  • Fazayal_Shabbir on June 30, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Four day tests will lead to more draws as any losing team has more chance of saving a match in four days than in five days. Then i wont be surprised if ICC scraps test cricket and we will only see musleman like yuvraj, gayle, yusuf pathan, afridi etc. hitting bowlers all over the park and we will never see class in cricket again. Class will be replaced by power. RIP cricket!

  • RajaNakka on June 30, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    Test matches are fun to watch !!! You can't compare the fun from test match with any format of the game. I can't see someone who is brilliatly performing at the center, is asked to go back after a stint of 100 balls... That is just bad... Test match brings the best out of a player and also the best performances of the game

    Reducing the test match length will hurt the test matches. Please don't do that...

    I'm completely against doing day/night test matches. Test matches should be better played in day time, with classical white clothing and red cherry...

    Please don't kill the game with unnecessary changes like this and don't think too commerical

  • maztermine on June 30, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    This is a great idea because the players will have to change their game and there will be fewer draws. More entertainment. The players will be more aggressive.

  • Sufian_Ch on June 30, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    it is totally a rubbish idea of making the test cricket in to four day game and playing in day/night.it a total non-sence. i dont know who is making these decsions.test cricket is a real test that will bug blunder uf they interfere with the classic format.I ope right people take the right post.

  • Lennon_Marx on June 30, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    i'm quickly coming to the opinion while stewing and reading this article that we should start organizing a letter writing campaign to get whoever is making these decisions to for the good of the game resign with immediate effect. It does seem to me that the powers that be are keen to do away with test cricket and with it a large proportion of the sport's audience (especially in England and Australia) and for what? To promote a format that might (but almost certainly will not) increase cricket's reach globally (20/20)? The truth is that you could make sure every game lasts to the last ball and you're not going to get any traction at all in the US (any more than say having a functioning national board would provide) or much of Latin America or China, Japan or Korea. There are 6-8 nations below the test level that play pretty reasonable cricket and have some interest in the game- how about trying bring them along before the big pie in the sky garbage?

  • tp12 on June 30, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    Instead of decreasing the number of days, we should limit the number of overs in Test cricket to a more suitable one like 100 overs per inings which will definitely produce good results.

  • sudhir98 on June 30, 2009, 17:04 GMT

    lets face it test cricket is dead in it's present form. Nobody can watch for 5 days straight . They need to chop it to 2 innings of 50 overs and get it over in 2 days. I can't see 50 overs cricket surviving either.

  • Lennon_Marx on June 30, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    Does anyone else read about these ramblings and wonder regularly "how on Earth do these idiots come to run the game?" In fairness maybe the night test idea has some merit- and if done properly (ie that the tiers aren't exclusive and that teams in tier 2 can play occasional games against tier 1 nations) two tiered test cricket could be not massively counterproductive. But 4 day tests- that's just moronic. One of the major problems that test cricket has suffered for decades (but especially in recent years) is the "boredraw". So apparently the solution to stop such things happening is to actually reduce the amount of time available to win a game, and no one on the ICC executive can see the glaring logical flaw with such an idea? Just further evidence of the utter incompetence of the game's administrations. If you're so worried about time have the ICC forcibly take over the IPL, split the revenue between the boards and cancel the EPL, SPL and any other iterations, and get rid of ODIs

  • Harvey on June 30, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    Test cricket lasts 5 days for a reason. When it used to be shorter, there were too many dull draws. Timeless Tests were impractical. Five days as a maximum is just right. There is nothing necessarily wrong with a drawn game, in fact these can be exciting, but four day Tests will encourage negative play from a team that's ahead in a series, because it's much easier to play for a draw over 4 days than over 5. As for matches when a day is lost to rain, in a 4-day Test, the teams might as well pack up and go home. There will be no time for a result. In my view this plan represents nothing less than the sabotage of our beautiful sport by people whose agenda is to marginalise Test cricket and eventually replace it with the more TV-schedule-friendly but less interesting formats. The recipe for brighter cricket is perfectly simple. Prepare pitches designed to last 3-4 days instead of the kind of disgraceful featherbeds offering nothing to bowlers we've been seeing all too often of late.

  • SHARK810 on June 30, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    ridiculous, i have no problem with tests being played in the evening as long as they can sort out a suitable ball.. but reducing test matches is stupid, it will create more draws and also means there will be fewer batting milestones. As for the idea of a two tier system i think it would create statistics that are lopsided due to some players having to play teams of mostly strong opponents and some facing weaker opponents. Statistics are what we use to measure a players greatness so that needs to be considered with other factors.

  • eZoha on June 30, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    Rubbish! I guess they will soon plan powerplays and free-hits in test matches as well!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on June 30, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    Test cricket would die if it is modified to compete with T20. Instead of reducing days, it should increase number of overs per day to 100, and fine bad pitches that results in draw. Maybe ICC should increase it to 6 days. This one nobody will try to go for a draw and make it a do-or-die.

  • h_kap on June 30, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    Mr David,

    Please come to your senses. Test's are not going to hurt. If you really want to evolve something, please evolve ODI's. Test's will never be replaced by any format of the game. Reducing tests from 5 to 4 days will only result in more drawn matches. Please wake up. <u>TESTS WILL STAY. TEST ARE NOT GOING TO GET HURT. PLEASE EVOLE ODI'S</u>

  • ovshake on June 30, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    DON"T DO THIS. DON'T KILL THE GAME. PLEASE.

    What's the big idea? Cut down a day per test so that they can scrape in more T20s. Do these guys even care for the game? We love the longer version the way it is, thank you.

    Can't they keep their experiments to the flimsier and meaningless versions?

  • LITT on June 30, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    no need to change test cricket. the need is to preserve it in its very purest form, even without umpire review system. You can't expect a fan of 3 hour cricket even to watch 3 days of cricket, leave behind 4. But, people like me, who are old lovers of the game will always like to see it in pure form. There is hardly any technically correct cover drive in T20. ICC should remember that new breed of T20 fans will never watch test, its the old fans who want to see it.

  • swapnil.raj1 on June 30, 2009, 15:51 GMT

    there is no need to alter the current test format!! the suggested move of reducing an international test match to 4 days is utter stupidity and would help to make test cricket any more interesting. the current test format is great in the every possible way as it is. also limiting the number of overs a side can bat for in innings is against the very basic incentive of the test cricket...test cricket is not just about scoring superbly crafted test innings, but also about bowlers trying their very best to take 20 wickets!! that's what makes test cricket the most beautiful and elegant form of cricket. i know that aren't many ppl interested in watching test cricket but there plenty enough ppl waiting for a thrilling ashes contest to begin!! if icc has enough funds to make the sport of cricket global and there is plenty of revenue generated from the ODIs and T20s, i request all those who find test cricket boring to cut all the fans of orthodox a lil bit of slack!!

  • tiger_fahad on June 30, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    I think ICC you are mad, please please please don,t play with the orignal version of the game which is test cricket if you want to play so you can do it with the shortern versions of the game. Every one love to see result of test cricket for that purpose the quality of the pitches should be improve rather than reducing the days which will definately lead to more draw matches. If you will mentain good pitches than even the draw matches will become interesting rather than a dull draw match. Test Match is the real beauty of cricket please don,t do any thing with it, I love it as it is and even love more than ODI and T20I.

  • hermithead on June 30, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    Re: Eviltoastsa and davidmoz - The basic fact is I just don't care for test cricket just the same as I don't care for American football. Test cricket is too drawn out and I have absolutely no desire to learn its so called 'subtleties'.I don't care how much skill it takes to score 100, 150 runs over 2 days I just do not find it entertaining and that is purely why I watch sport whether it be rugby, aussie rules or Twenty20 cricket. Maybe I am one of the new breed of spectators, the 70% of people who attended IPL but had never watched a cricket match before, but Im not Ive grown up watching and playing even defending cricket all my life. The fact is I am quite happy to trade precision batting strokes for a 3 hour match that gives me a result (although I don't feel that I am) and I don't think people like me should be labeled ignorant for this, like I said in my original post appreciation is subjective or in another way beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • nishkarshs on June 30, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    Instead of taking drastic and stupid measures ICC should start a year long TEST WORLD LEAGUE. 8 nations playing each other in one home and away test => 56 matches => each team plays 14 matches => more than enough for one year. Plus semi finals and the final to be played on neutral venues. Can do this once in 4 years. During this one year nobody plays any other test match. Other formats should be placed in between these matches (eg a CB series in Australia when three of the teams are free). This will certainly increase the popularity of test cricket. Day-night tests are a stupidity. So is 4 day thingy.

  • TimmyP on June 30, 2009, 15:01 GMT

    Nipun, every sport has a bottom team on the ladder. Without exposure to better teams, why would they bother even trying to progress?

    Mithoauau, without the 'finance providers' there would be no cricket... Or any other sport for that matter, at all.

    Eg. Every time India tours Australia, the ACB gets 4 times the revenue than if any other team tours. Why? because they're sponsors are marketting to a billion fans.

    Like it or not, cricket, or any sport, is all about advertising and money. If it runs at a loss, it won't last. If they can't sell test cricket, they need to find a way to get it going or lose it altogether.

    There's my two cents...

  • explorer18 on June 30, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Like the day-night idea. It makes it easier to get crowds involved. With day-night cricket, they may want to reduce the hours played in a day ( to make it easier for people to attend these), and still keep it to 5-days. Make it Wed-Sundays.

    Don't think the 4 day plan makes sense. Test cricket is more exciting when it is competitive and results are produced. Full 5-days make it possible. 5 days are needed on a lot of pitches to make competitive cricket produce results. One sided or low-scoring games are not as exciting, and won't happen as often these day.

    2-tier system will not work well with only the current set of teams. The pool has to be bigger. It will take time to work.

    Other reforms needed: - Make sure there are no 1-off or 2- test series. They are a joke! - Seperate heads to run T20, Test and ODIs under 1-body in ICC. One body governing all of these gets very confusing with conflicting needs.

  • anerudh on June 30, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    WTH???? 4 day tests is return of the "dull draws"for me..

  • Gazzypops on June 30, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    They should give bowlers the chance to 'doctor' the ball legally - either by rubbing it on the ground to rough up one side. I don't mean gouging holes in it with bottle tops but use whatever's on the field of play. It would give the bowlers a little more chance in terms of getting the ball to move around. That way, Test matches would have more of a level playing field. To some extent, playing for four or five days doesn't matter quite so much as making sure those days have excellent, even combat between bat and ball.

  • yaseenk2002 on June 30, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Are they planning to destroy Test cricket or preserve it? Shortening the Test matches would be the biggest insult to Test cricket... Testing a cricketers ability, skills and mental substance over five long days is the essence of Test cricket, please don't destroy it!

  • kannanisbad on June 30, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    If this move(reducing the number of days) is made...Cricket will die eventually. Please play with changing the rules in the stupider versions of cricket.

  • D.V.C. on June 30, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    You don't have to change the playing conditions to shorten the length of the average Test. You just have to have prepared more competitive pitches! As someone who prides himself on making intelligent and well thought out comments on these forums let me just say, BOO ICC!!!

  • mithoauau on June 30, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    well well well, not that long ago one test over was 7 balls, and test was use to be played in a 6 days. over reduced to 6 ballas and days to 5 now with the popularity of Twentity20 game i knew one day we will see these fools will make this decesion. They are not protecting the game they are protecting the Finance providers to the Test game. looks to me some grade 6 kids are doing experiments on the Test game, challenge Umpire, change the law, change the ball, what next 6 players will play test in 2 days .............................??????

    Asif

  • Nipun on June 30, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    (1)Get Bangladesh & Zimbabwe off test cricket as soon as possible.They should prove their worth against the A teams of Australia,India,South Africa,England,Sri Lanka,West Indies,Pakistan,& New Zealand in 4 & 5 day matches consistently for 5-8 years to be RECONSIDERED for test status.This action needs to be implemented urgently to save test cricket. (2)Only the remaining 8 test teams should automatically qualify for the ICC tournaments like the ICC World Cup,ICC Champions Trophy & ICC World T20.The rest of the teams like Ireland,Zimbabwe,Bangladesh & others should play a qualifying tournament(which should be given List A status,but not international status),from which the top 2 teams will qualify for the main event. (3)Each team should tour another team after a period of at least 1 year.If it is not possible to tour a certain country,then the series must be played in a neutral venue. (4)Test matches must remain 5 day matches.All first class matches should be a minimum of 4 day matches.

  • TwitterJitter on June 30, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    One thing they could do is spin off the three formats of the game and the ICC can decide which format it needs to hold on to. The other two formats need to be controlled by different organizations. This is just like in corporate world when one company cannot sustain three product lines and optimize them especially when each of them is eating into other. Each corporation focussed on one product line will be able to do justice to that line because it will make sure it maximizes the exposure to product and acts in its best interests. Otherwise, if held by one corporation, it will always try to maximize the product line which delivers best returns at the moment and try to slowly shutdown or slow the delivery of other products and could also neglect them. So my vote would be for ICC to decide which format it wants to keep and start two other councils to manage other formats and completely spin them off.

  • Eviltoastsa on June 30, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    Still not done....About test cricket being presented differently Test cricket should adopt a year by year world championship league format...Where every one of the top 8 test teams plays each other say 3 or 4 or 5 times and points are obtained for wins/draws and bonus points given for winning by an innings or the like if teams are tied they can be split using runs difference or something like that. Similar to most soccer/rugby/other sports leagues. What would be interesting is a relegation / promotion element , with the lowest of the 8 test teams being relegated to the lower test playing league, with the best team from the lower league then being promoted for the year...Because the current test champoinship is based on a points system with no relevance or interest to the viewer aswell as the fact that teams dont play equal amount of games with each other also makes it kind of unbalanced and unpracticle for a championship. BUT test cricket rules and there is nothing wrong with the game

  • rustin on June 30, 2009, 12:59 GMT

    Well I thought they wanted to preserve Test Cricket. ICC is looking to achieve irony.

  • LaoTzu on June 30, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    This is a shocker. Reducing the duration of the game is supposed to "protect and enrich" test cricket? Are they out of their minds?

    A draw results from the inability to bowl a side out twice in 5 days. How can anyone with a brain think that _reducing_ the duration of a Test match, giving people even less time to bowl a team out twice, will decrease the number of dull draws? It's totally illogical!

    The ICC are caving in, allowing their profit motivation to erode the classic form of the game. It's a tragedy in progress.

  • kaiser1 on June 30, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    This is utterly ridiculous. They must reduce the no of overs played in each innings by the opposing sides so that 1 team may not go on scoring 1000 runs and shut the door for the other team to match it, or otherwise the match is drawn automatically. 1 team must play at least 120 overs or until bowled out within the stipulated no of overs and thus the matches would be decisive without draws. At the end of the day the team which remains behind after 5 days would be defeated as is the case in ODIS. Thats how the draws would be eliminated and results would automatically come after the 5 days and superiority of tests would be intact as well. 120 overs are enough for a team to get a healthy total and or get bowled within the quota and the other team has the aim to reach that total to square the tally or otherwise lose match after 4th innings. How would 4 day matches become result oriented its mind boggling, if 1 team plays for 2 days and the other for the next 2 days its already a draw.

  • nathanwebb on June 30, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Looks like they're trying to kill-off Test cricket so that Twenty20 can make more money.

  • Eviltoastsa on June 30, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Also...I think the ICC champions trophy is redundant...its like a smaller world cup without being a actual world cup its pointless really...I also dont think a 2 tier test structure would be good for the game as whole since the two seperate tiers (the teams and the public) will get fed up with only playing against each other... There's nothing wrong with test cricket itself in my opinion its just not as accessible as pro20's to new viewers one requires a good/excellent understanding of test cricket to really appreciate it...U cant really take someone who has never seen cricket to a test match and expect him/her to like/understand it. Test Cricket should just be presented differently it should be viewed as "sacred" in a sense, it should be presented as the ultimate "test" of skill and tactics etc. the highest form of the game. Pro20's and 50 over cricket can be veiwed as an entry level for new viewers and players themselves.

  • Allan716 on June 30, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    If we are going four days then lets go limited overs too. 150 over per innings will ensure no draws and a result in every test match. Also, we should try going NBA style with Home and Away clothing. White when you play at home and coloured clothing when you play Away. Four-Day Test Matches will free up some more room in the crowded cricket calendar to make way for the much more popular T20 events. T20 must definitely become an Olympic sport. Teams like America have to play. We have to make cricket the next soccer in the US

  • Eviltoastsa on June 30, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Any person who doesnt like test cricket doesnt understand/know/like real cricket. Pro20 cricket is exciting however it caters to different aspects of the game, I would much rather watch a test and see see a batsmen play cricket to its technical best and score a century or double century than to see a team try and bludgeon/slog a 150 plus in 20 overs. Its really not that attractive, the real drawing power of pro20's is the competitiveness in the fact that there should be alot of close games due to the fact there is only so much runs to chase its always about run rates. 50 over cricket is awesome in its balance of the game and my personal favourite. BUT test cricket is by far the hardest/highest form of cricket...Its ALOT harder to score 300 runs on the last day of a test on a crumbling pitch with a couple of wickets to spare that slog 150 odd of 120 balls...ALOT harder!! In pro20's a player can score 20 odd just through edges or miss hits and win the bloody game!?

  • davidmoz on June 30, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    hermithead- HOW is Twenty20 more skillful than Test cricket? The fielding is probably better, but if you think just trying to smack the ball for 4 or 6 every delivery is more skillful than scoring a Test century, you obviously don't know much about cricket!

    In the County Championship games used to be 3 days long and often ended up as draws- we now have 4 day games and still get draws (usually because of the bad weather here in England!). The 5th day gives more chance of a result, and the idea of day/night Tests is bad- the point is to sit a whole day in the sun (if it's out) and watch cricket.

    One of the things I love about cricket is the sense of tradition and history of the game, but sadly the world is now about money, and it seems this is what is driving cricket these days...

  • StarHawk on June 30, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    Even with 5 days, most test matches head towards draw.....now that it's 4 days, there's gonna be more draws....stupid move!

  • kingstonsfinest on June 30, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Four day tests? Night matches? Two tier test system, these people are obviously doing their best to destroy test cricket. First up this rubbish of a tier test ranking is rubbish, the West Indies was ranked 8 when they scored the highest number of runs to win a match against the team ranked 1st in Antigua in 04. Have these idiots never heard the term 'upset' and dont they understand that upsets stir interest? You want to get people interested in test cricket get the country boards to get rid of dead flat pitches, then you'll get more competitive games and more results although honestly i dont see anything wrong with a fighting draw sometimes.

  • delboy on June 30, 2009, 11:48 GMT

    This sounds like a long awaited moved. International cricket was unified to 6 ball overs a long time ago, we then got rid of the rest day, so why drag matches out to a fifth day. Personally if I cannot get a ticket for the first three days of a test match I'm not interested. WAY-TO-GO!

  • YogeshKamat on June 30, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Though it is a pleasure seeing that the ICC chiefs are now willing to go the extra mile in reviving interest in all forms of the game, its a tad bit disappointing to see the changes they are willing to make to the longer version of the game. In a very recent lecture by Gilchrist, during the Colin Cowdrey Ceremony, he was spot on the kind of changes which need to be brought about in the game without touching its most revered form, the TESTS. The restructuring of the Champions Trophy is surely a positive step in rejuvinating the CT brand. May be a few more changes in the 50 over format are welcome. Even taking cricket to the masses via the Olympics would be great. But going for day-night Tests or even reducing it to a 4 day affair isnt the best for maintaining the quality of the game. May be the 2-tier format needs to be looked at, where only the mjor nations contest in a Test match. That would keep the nations interested while maintaining the standard of the 5-day format as well.

  • SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on June 30, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    they must be kidding- all they are doing is making Test cricket closer to Twenty20 by reducing its length which will NOT preserve Test cricket but simply bring it closer to extinction. Umpire Referral System in Tests is a joke, because like Ian Chappell said after 2 unsuccessful challenges the biggest howler of all cannot be rectified. since they are determined to devalue the ODI they should only experiment there. the 2-tier system will further devalue Test cricket, as countries like NZ will never be able to recover once shunted down into the second tier. there will be only 5 decent Test nations left, who will probably play Twenty20 for the money. Champions Trophy should be scrapped, the World Cup should revert to the 1992 format to ensure quality, T20 World Cup can be place for minnows to gain big match experience. The ICC is supposed to be the guardian of Test cricket- in this case the guardian is brutally murdering his child, and needs to be stopped before it's too late.

  • hermithead on June 30, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    Get rid of Tests and One day cricket and be done with it. Twenty20 is so much more superior in all aspects - skill, convenience, marketability...but then again appreciation of any format or sport for that matter is very subjective.

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  • hermithead on June 30, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    Get rid of Tests and One day cricket and be done with it. Twenty20 is so much more superior in all aspects - skill, convenience, marketability...but then again appreciation of any format or sport for that matter is very subjective.

  • SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on June 30, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    they must be kidding- all they are doing is making Test cricket closer to Twenty20 by reducing its length which will NOT preserve Test cricket but simply bring it closer to extinction. Umpire Referral System in Tests is a joke, because like Ian Chappell said after 2 unsuccessful challenges the biggest howler of all cannot be rectified. since they are determined to devalue the ODI they should only experiment there. the 2-tier system will further devalue Test cricket, as countries like NZ will never be able to recover once shunted down into the second tier. there will be only 5 decent Test nations left, who will probably play Twenty20 for the money. Champions Trophy should be scrapped, the World Cup should revert to the 1992 format to ensure quality, T20 World Cup can be place for minnows to gain big match experience. The ICC is supposed to be the guardian of Test cricket- in this case the guardian is brutally murdering his child, and needs to be stopped before it's too late.

  • YogeshKamat on June 30, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Though it is a pleasure seeing that the ICC chiefs are now willing to go the extra mile in reviving interest in all forms of the game, its a tad bit disappointing to see the changes they are willing to make to the longer version of the game. In a very recent lecture by Gilchrist, during the Colin Cowdrey Ceremony, he was spot on the kind of changes which need to be brought about in the game without touching its most revered form, the TESTS. The restructuring of the Champions Trophy is surely a positive step in rejuvinating the CT brand. May be a few more changes in the 50 over format are welcome. Even taking cricket to the masses via the Olympics would be great. But going for day-night Tests or even reducing it to a 4 day affair isnt the best for maintaining the quality of the game. May be the 2-tier format needs to be looked at, where only the mjor nations contest in a Test match. That would keep the nations interested while maintaining the standard of the 5-day format as well.

  • delboy on June 30, 2009, 11:48 GMT

    This sounds like a long awaited moved. International cricket was unified to 6 ball overs a long time ago, we then got rid of the rest day, so why drag matches out to a fifth day. Personally if I cannot get a ticket for the first three days of a test match I'm not interested. WAY-TO-GO!

  • kingstonsfinest on June 30, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Four day tests? Night matches? Two tier test system, these people are obviously doing their best to destroy test cricket. First up this rubbish of a tier test ranking is rubbish, the West Indies was ranked 8 when they scored the highest number of runs to win a match against the team ranked 1st in Antigua in 04. Have these idiots never heard the term 'upset' and dont they understand that upsets stir interest? You want to get people interested in test cricket get the country boards to get rid of dead flat pitches, then you'll get more competitive games and more results although honestly i dont see anything wrong with a fighting draw sometimes.

  • StarHawk on June 30, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    Even with 5 days, most test matches head towards draw.....now that it's 4 days, there's gonna be more draws....stupid move!

  • davidmoz on June 30, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    hermithead- HOW is Twenty20 more skillful than Test cricket? The fielding is probably better, but if you think just trying to smack the ball for 4 or 6 every delivery is more skillful than scoring a Test century, you obviously don't know much about cricket!

    In the County Championship games used to be 3 days long and often ended up as draws- we now have 4 day games and still get draws (usually because of the bad weather here in England!). The 5th day gives more chance of a result, and the idea of day/night Tests is bad- the point is to sit a whole day in the sun (if it's out) and watch cricket.

    One of the things I love about cricket is the sense of tradition and history of the game, but sadly the world is now about money, and it seems this is what is driving cricket these days...

  • Eviltoastsa on June 30, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Any person who doesnt like test cricket doesnt understand/know/like real cricket. Pro20 cricket is exciting however it caters to different aspects of the game, I would much rather watch a test and see see a batsmen play cricket to its technical best and score a century or double century than to see a team try and bludgeon/slog a 150 plus in 20 overs. Its really not that attractive, the real drawing power of pro20's is the competitiveness in the fact that there should be alot of close games due to the fact there is only so much runs to chase its always about run rates. 50 over cricket is awesome in its balance of the game and my personal favourite. BUT test cricket is by far the hardest/highest form of cricket...Its ALOT harder to score 300 runs on the last day of a test on a crumbling pitch with a couple of wickets to spare that slog 150 odd of 120 balls...ALOT harder!! In pro20's a player can score 20 odd just through edges or miss hits and win the bloody game!?

  • Allan716 on June 30, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    If we are going four days then lets go limited overs too. 150 over per innings will ensure no draws and a result in every test match. Also, we should try going NBA style with Home and Away clothing. White when you play at home and coloured clothing when you play Away. Four-Day Test Matches will free up some more room in the crowded cricket calendar to make way for the much more popular T20 events. T20 must definitely become an Olympic sport. Teams like America have to play. We have to make cricket the next soccer in the US

  • Eviltoastsa on June 30, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Also...I think the ICC champions trophy is redundant...its like a smaller world cup without being a actual world cup its pointless really...I also dont think a 2 tier test structure would be good for the game as whole since the two seperate tiers (the teams and the public) will get fed up with only playing against each other... There's nothing wrong with test cricket itself in my opinion its just not as accessible as pro20's to new viewers one requires a good/excellent understanding of test cricket to really appreciate it...U cant really take someone who has never seen cricket to a test match and expect him/her to like/understand it. Test Cricket should just be presented differently it should be viewed as "sacred" in a sense, it should be presented as the ultimate "test" of skill and tactics etc. the highest form of the game. Pro20's and 50 over cricket can be veiwed as an entry level for new viewers and players themselves.