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4 Day Test: ‘A ridiculous idea’ Twitter reacts to ICC’s controversial proposal

The ICC’s cricket committee will discuss the 4-day Test proposal later in March in spite of the growing list of experts and cricketers, including Virat Kohli, criticising the proposed format.

The big news was delivered by former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble, the head of the cricket committee. He informed that the proposal is to be discussed in Dubai between March 27-31 during ICC’s next round of meetings.

“Since I am part of the committee, I can’t tell what I am thinking about it (proposal) at the moment. We will discuss it in the meeting and let you know,” Kumble said. The other big names in the committee include Rahul Dravid, Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene and Shaun Pollock.

However, the proposal, that will be applied for the 2023-2031 cycle, has not been well received by some of the cricket’s biggest names including Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly and Kohli.

The BCCI boss, in particular, stated that “it is too early” to talk about the format.

While speaking ahead of the 3-match T20I series opener against Sri Lanka, Kohli had made clear his sides. “Day-night [cricket] is another step towards commercialising Test cricket and creating excitement around it, but it can’t be tinkered around too much. I don’t believe so,” he said.

Ponting also made public his disapproval for four-day Test matches.

“I understand there is a commercial side to it, saving money and things like that and how they would start on a Thursday to finish on Sunday,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au, “I’d like to hear the other reasons behind it. I don’t understand it enough and I’m very much a traditionalist, so if something’s not really badly broken then why do we need to fix it or change it?”

However, the idea has found takers in the form of England and Australia boards apart from Test greats such as Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan and Mark Taylor.

One of the major reasons for why ICC is considering the controversial four-day format is to free up the calendar that is jam-packed with scores of  matches and T20 leagues.

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