Traditionalist McGrath is not in favor of four-day trials
Sydney, January 2 () Australian rhythm legend Glenn McGrath called himself a traditionalist on Thursday and said he is dead against the idea of shortening the five-day game to a four-day affair as proposed by the ICC.
The ICC is considering the introduction of four-day tests as part of the 2023 World Test Championship, an idea that was supported by Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts.
McGrath, however, said he is completely against the idea of playing with the longer format.
I am a traditionalist. I like the game as it is, said McGrath, who took 563 wickets in 124 Tests, to reporters before the Sydney Test between Australia and New Zealand that will start here on Friday.
For me, five days is very special and I would hate it to get shorter. The introduction of pink tests, day and night tests is a great way to continue keeping our game fresh and moving forward. Regarding changing how many days you play, I'm really against it. I like how it is.
The ICC's proposal to present four-day evidence on Wednesday received strong opposition from Australian spinner leader Nathan Lyon, who called it ridiculous.
Australia's head coach Justin Langer is also not in favor of playing with the traditional format.
English hitter Jos Buttler, however, feels that cricket must be open to change and the four-day events should be considered, as it could be a way to keep the longer format alive. While the England and Wales Cricket Board has cautiously supported the idea, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said it is too early to comment on the matter. ATK SSC SSC