India's Kohli no fan of four-day Test idea

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Indian captain Virat Kohli does not endorse the idea of reducing Test matches to four-day affairs and has warned administrators against tinkering too much with the purest format of the game.

The International Cricket Council, the world governing body of the sport, is set to reflect on the idea of making

Test matches four-day affairs to free up a crammed international calendar and reduce player workload.

Australia have said they will seriously consider the concept, while England will back making it mandatory from 2023. The cash-rich Indian board (BCCI) are yet to declare their stance on the matter.

Australia Test captain Tim Paine has been joined by his teammates Travis Head and Nathan Lyon in criticising the idea.

"I am not a fan," Kohli told reporters in Guwahati on the eve of the first of the three Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

"I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day Tests, I mean where do you end? Then you will speak of Test cricket disappearing. I don't endorse that at all.

"I don't think that's fair to the purest format of the game. How cricket started initially and five-day Test matches was the highest of Tests you can have at the international level. According to me, it shouldn't be altered."

Four-day matches were given the green light by the ICC in 2017, when South Africa hosted one against Zimbabwe, while England played a four-day Test against Ireland last July.

With an increasing number of Test matches ending prematurely, the administrators are keen to free up more space in the schedules for lucrative shorter-form matches.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations fears the new gaps in the calendar could well be filled with more cricket.

In November, India became the latest major cricket playing nation to embrace day-night Tests when the Eden Gardens in Kolkata hosted Bangladesh.

Kohli, one of the best batsmen of his generation, feels innovations in the longest format should end at pink-ball Test matches.

"I was asked about the 100-ball (in England), I said I'm not going to try myself in another format because there's already so much going on," he added.

"Day-night cricket is the most that needs to be changed about Test cricket, according to me. I mean then you're purely going to be talking about getting the numbers in and entertainment.

"Day-night is another step towards commercialising Test cricket and creating excitement around it but it can't be tinkered with too much."

 

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Kohli can say whatever he likes, India is the most corrupt country on earth and if it comes down to making more money they'll be on board before the day is finished.
I'd back Kohli to have more idea on what is best for the integrity of Test Cricket.

It's clear that the players, the ones who don't care about Cricket's commercial interests aren't on board with this as they can see it as money related and nothing to do with improving the game.

I'm curious why you think 4-Day Tests will actually improve Test Cricket?

You'll notice Bomberboyokay is also onboard with 4-Day Tests but he also hates Tests and would be happy for them to die off to make room for more T20.
 

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This current test is a reasonable contest with NZ digging in. If it was a 4-day test, the the result would be a forgone conclusion. There are plenty of other great contests that wouldn't be achieved with 4-day tests too. Anyone can see that reducing tests to 4-days will kill test cricket and it appears many players (not just Kohli) can see the idea for what it is, a kick in the balls for real cricket fans.
 

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I wonder if the idea is to increase the number of overs per day to around 110, to compensate for the loss of the 5th day. Even so, I still think it should remain as it is.
They say that they will get 98 overs a day but we can’t bowl 90 as is. 4 day test cricket is a terrible idea, I would only ever consider it against minnow nations like Ireland or Afghanistan as you know it will be over in 3 days
 

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I'd back Kohli to have more idea on what is best for the integrity of Test Cricket.

It's clear that the players, the ones who don't care about Cricket's commercial interests aren't on board with this as they can see it as money related and nothing to do with improving the game.

I'm curious why you think 4-Day Tests will actually improve Test Cricket?

You'll notice Bomberboyokay is also onboard with 4-Day Tests but he also hates Tests and would be happy for them to die off to make room for more T20.
It's the future of test cricket. Using the players as an argument holds no water either because as a whole they didn't want day night tests and whaddya know? They are mainstream now. Lots of flat earthers here
 

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Kohli: Don't tinker with test cricket.

Also Kohli: Day-night tests are great!
 

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Kohli: Don't tinker with test cricket.

Also Kohli: Day-night tests are great!
Exactly. Take what they say with a pinch of plugger cos pretty much every change thought up by the administrators gets this treatment from the players. And three weeks later everyone's on board
 

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They say that they will get 98 overs a day but we can’t bowl 90 as is. 4 day test cricket is a terrible idea, I would only ever consider it against minnow nations like Ireland or Afghanistan as you know it will be over in 3 days
Sheffield Shield is 96 overs and they do it more often than not.

There are so many unnecessary delays in tests - they could do it easily if umpires and administrators made them do it.
 

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It's going to happen. Change is coming for test cricket and probably more changes on the way too like much much more day night cricket. If change doesn't happen by 2023 then the eight year cycle starting then will cost boards around the world hundred of millions of dollars in revenue hosting tests.
 

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The thing that is most frustrating about this debate is being being wedded to a vision of traditional test cricket and ignoring all of the tinkering that has gone on in the past.

Tests have been mandated at five days for less than a third of their existence. They've also been three, four and six days, and timeless.

Overs have been four, six and eight balls.

Uncovered pitches and covered.

The third/TV umpire wad revolutionary, and now DRS.

Of course we now have day-night matches as well.

Even the height of the stumps has changed.

It's this tinkering that has allowed cricket to survive, and suddenly deciding this is the one that can not ever be changed is because it would destroy traditional test cricket is illogical.
 

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That's it then. If Kohli doesn't want a 4 day Test, then India wouldn't either. And if India doesn't want a 4 day Test ….. it ain't gonna happen.
 

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Kohli: Don't tinker with test cricket.

Also Kohli: Day-night tests are great!
He's on record saying that he doesn't want day and night test cricket to become the norm and would like it as one off events.


 

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Kohli can say whatever he likes, India is the most corrupt country on earth and if it comes down to making more money they'll be on board before the day is finished.
per capita I would think there are many more corrupt countries.

That one between Canada and Mexico springs to mind.
 

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It's the future of test cricket. Using the players as an argument holds no water either because as a whole they didn't want day night tests and whaddya know? They are mainstream now. Lots of flat earthers here
Day Night Tests aren't very good. They're made to look better because Australian pitches have been poor for quite some time. That's taken out of their hands to a degree with D/N making it seem more exciting.

Day/Nights just follow the exact same pattern with the night session being dangerous. The batsmen sometimes can't even pick up the ball but all of that gets swept under the rug. Broadcasters and boards want it pushed no matter what now that it's here to stay so the players are never going to speak out about it.

I'm not going to pretend being able to watch after Work isn't convenient but they rushed out a format that wasn't ready for revenue reasons.
 

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It's this tinkering that has allowed cricket to survive, and suddenly deciding this is the one that can not ever be changed is because it would destroy traditional test cricket is illogical.
The height of the stumps being changed is not motivated by ensuring there's less Test Cricket or to ensure more revenue rolls in at the expense of the long term health of the sport.

You'll find people are less averse to change that is actually healthy for the sport (doing away with the toss for example).
 

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