Is the Idea of 4-Day Test Matches Really the Innovation for Cricket?

When South African cricket team is really trying their hands on experimental pink ball, 4-day Test match at the end of the year against Zimbabwe, it seems that players are not ready with shorter Tests plan. The players have not consulted well with it, as per the report at ESPNCricinfo.

The shorter variant of the longest game format was expected to be the idea of Haroon Lorgat, former CEO. Despite the fact that he resigned after a rift last week with board members, CSA likes to proceed with planned match.

Tony Irish, CEO (South African Cricketers’ Association) said, “I had the same concern and expressed it to CSA before resignation of Haroon, it was true that there was no consultation. Many aspects of crickets have been involved. It’s like a huge chance for the format. It’s day-night and four-day match which is the matter of concern.”

The idea behind four-day Test came when India refused to be the party of age-old Boxing Day Test in SA. The alternative concept was day-night match starting from December 26 in Port Elizabeth which lasted four day and hosted by Zimbabwe. However, the International Cricket Council’s approval is still pending to call the match an official Test, according to ESPNCricInfo.

According to the players in South Africa, they would join in the match if CSA’s request is approved by ICC to hold Test status. Game might be cancelled in the event if it doesn’t happen, according to a Cricbuzz report.

CSA will ask ICC to let them to try the format out at Chief Executives Conference next week in New Zealand. According to the report, the approval will be granted with several boards witnessing the fiscal value of shorter Test. However, players from the FICA (Federation of International Cricketers’ Association) headed by Irish, don’t have the same idea.

Irish quoted to Cricbuzz, “FICA still lacks the official position as we think there is still a lot of work to be done. FICA conducted a survey last year and found most of the players were not ready to accept 4-day Tests. It’s an issue on the concept. You need to look at the pros and cons.”

Now the ball in ICC court on whether Test will be the recent addition to the innovations that the match has been undergoing various changes over the past couple of months.

Dean Elgar: 4-Day Test is Worst Idea

Dean Elgar, Proteas vice-captain found 4-Day Test a bad idea and is strongly against the plans on 4-day Tests. He said it would not be right for the game to a great extent as well as tantamount to become a scapegoat for other deficiencies of the cricket.

Last week, Cricket South Africa revealed that the team would play day-night 4-day Test from Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth against Zimbabwe. The case for shortening from 5 to 4 days on Tests will be up to the ICC board at their conference to be held next week in Auckland.