MCC in favour of retaining 5-day Tests

Tanya Simon
January 16, 2020

The influential Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has thrown its weight behind five-day Test cricket as debate swirls over the future of the longest form of the game.

The ICC's cricket committee are expected to meet this year on a proposal to shorten all matches to four days, in a move strongly opposed by players.

Ishant Sharma with Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)MCC opposes four-day Test matches.

'The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits four-day Test cricket could bring, both believe Test cricket should continue to be played over five days'.

High-profile Australian players Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon have been among the vocal critics, with the latter labelling the idea "ridiculous".

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Among other things, Australian players have stated that this is different from first-class games at the national level.

But the MCC have joined the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations in backing the likes of England captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes in calling for Test cricket to remain a format played over five days.

The South African and English boards, however, have spoken out publicly in favor of reducing the playing time to four days.

The International Cricket Council has been under the scanner since it has been announced that the it is contemplating to include four-day Test matches from the 2023 Test Championship.

And they reaffirmed their position on Monday after further discussions. Kevin Roberts, chief executive, said last month that the four-day tests were part of the feedback they received from a survey of 8,000 Australian fans.

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