Test cricket, the purest format of the game, had to experience a few changes recently. This also led towards the growing calls of having four-day Test cricket. While a major chunk is against tinkering with the original format of the game, others don’t see any harm in doing a bit of experiment. Therefore, this debate is grabbing a lot of attention now.
Recently, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene became a part of it as he spoke against the idea of reducing Tests to four days. The prolific retired batsman, who played 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20Is, said that having day-night red-ball games makes sense to swell the excitement.
However, he added that the intent of players can be damaged with the four-day Tests, which could see the format losing its charm. Moreover, this notion was also rejected by cricketers like Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
It is important to note that the 42-year old cricketer is a part of ICC Cricket Committee which will be discussing the alteration of the format of Tests in a meeting in March. This committee also includes the likes of Andrew Strauss, Rahul Dravid and Shaun Pollock.