No decision on four-day Test games - ECB

A general view of Lord's Cricket ground in England
A general view of Lord's Cricket ground in England

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that they are yet to take a decision on the possibility of a four-day Test game in future.

With the advent of Twenty20 games around the world, the concept of four-day games is being considered as an idea to preserve the interest in the longer format of the game.

South Africa have already announced a four-day Test against Zimbabwe that will be played during the Boxing Day later this year and is likely to get the approval from International Cricket Council.

Even though ECB has been looking at options to add some innovations to the oldest form of the game which even saw them host a day-night Test against West Indies last month, a statement released by the England board confirmed that they are yet to come to a conclusion on the four-day games.

"We have no firm position on the staging of four-day Test matches.

"We can see benefits that more compact scheduling might deliver but are sensitive to the potential effects of any change to the traditional format.

"Careful consideration is required to support the right decisions for the wider game, and on-field matters are key."

The four-day game is likely to see 100 overs bowled in a day and is believed to help attract the crowd better as the match will be played at a high intensity to obtain a result.

The England board assured that all the aspects including players and spectators will be taken into consideration before they come to a decision on the new concept which has been floating around for a while in the cricketing fraternity.

"We would welcome more insight on the effects for players and fans in order to help the game make a fully-informed decision on any proposal.

"It is important that cricket is prepared to innovate in all formats of the game where it can help drive interest, accessibility or improvement.

"Above all, ECB is committed to a healthy and competitive future for Test match cricket, here and around the world."

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