Ponting not in favor of the four-day test
Sydney, January 5 () Australia, the great hitter Ricky Ponting, on Sunday opposed the idea of ICC to make Test Cricket a four-day affair, saying he is not interested in changing something that is not really broken.
The ICC is considering introducing four-day tests during the next FTP cycle between 2023-2031 to get more days off for shorter commercially lucrative formats, an idea that was supported, among others, by Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts.
I am against it, but I would like to hear from the people who are pressuring you what is the main reason, Ponting told cricket.com.au.
The former Australian captain felt that four-day tests could lead to more draws.
I know that we have had a lot of four-day games the last couple of years, but what I have noticed in the last decade is the number drawn Test matches have occurred, and I wonder if they had been the four test of a day during that period of time, we would have had more games tied.
That is something I don't think anyone wants to see. I understand that it has a commercial side, that saves money and things like that and how they would start on a Thursday to end on Sunday, Ponting added.
The 45-year-old man questioned the need to change something that does not require radical fixation.
I would like to hear the other reasons behind this. I do not understand enough and I am very traditionalist, so if something is not really broken, why do we need to fix it or change it?
Ponting, who is part of the MCC World Cricket Committee, said the panel previously rejected the idea of the four-day trial cricket.
Let's turn the clock back two or three years ago, then it was being discussed, said Ponting.
I know we had a vote at one of the meetings about submitting a proposal to change it and the primary decision there was that we wanted to keep it for five days. Ponting joins the likes of Indian captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Australian coach Justin Langar, spinner Nathan Lyon and rhythm legend Glenn McGrath in disapproving the shortening test matches. APA AH AH