Colin Graves Proposes Four-Day Tests

Colin Graves Proposes Four-Day Tests
Incoming ECB Chairman Colin Graves is planning to table discussions regarding the idea of four-day Tests.
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Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Colin Graves is planning to table discussions regarding the idea of four-day Tests.

While speaking on the innovative new-look proposal, Graves explained the tentative working methodology of four-day Tests.

"Personally, I think we should look at four-day Test cricket and play 105 overs a day starting at 10.30am in the morning, and finish when you finish as all the grounds now have lights," said Graves.

Although the rule cannot be implemented by ECB alone, the board has the option to draft its proposal in International Cricket Council’s meetings.

Opening up further on the idea, Graves opined that the reduction of a day’s play will help improve financial stability in the longer version of the game.

"Every Test match would start on a Thursday, with Thursday and Friday being corporate days and then Saturday and Sunday the family days.

"From a cost point of view, you'd lose that fifth day, which would save a hell of a lot of money from the ground's point of view and the broadcasters.

“I would look at that."

This concept of four-day Tests were leaked from a document formulated by the ECB titled as Strategic Conversation Summary.

According to sources in the ECB, the plan is still in its initial stages of preparation and will take a minimum of one-year to complete.

Graves aged 67 is set to take over as the chairman of ECB in May.

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