Author: Ashok Shaw
The cricketing world is divided on four-day Tests proposed by ICC. Few critics have called it the need of the hour, while others have slammed the move, stating it will rob the fun and pleasure of playing or watching Tests, the truest form of cricket.
Here are some merits and demerits of four-day Tests:
With most Tests ending within 3 days, a four-day Test will ensure better competitiveness as the team catching up knows they have a day less to avoid a defeat, while the superior team will go on a full-on attacking mode to force a result. It means faster scoring rate, attacking field placements and more entertainment for fans.
It saves a day of no play
Very rarely a Test these days lasts five days. If it does, it is often due to bad weather or flat wicket. Hence, a four-day Test will ensure that sporting wickets are made to ensure a result. It will keep a balance between bat and ball and ensure level-playing fields for both the teams.
An inferior team might resort to using a negative strategy to defy the winning team. A day less means the team fighting to save a Test will just have to make sure they play negative cricket or resort to time-wasting ploys.
Usually, a team set a big target with close to 4 seasons to defend. But a four-day Tests will not give that much time to the winning teams to bowl the opposition out twice. As a result, there might be more dull draws.
Will rob all the fun
A day less means the team has to play almost close to limited-overs cricket to give their side more time to bowl the opposition out. But Test cricket is meant to test a player’s skills, temperament and perseverance. A four-day Test will rob those intense sessions of a battle between bat and ball. It won’t be a Test match anymore.
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