‘Diapers and five-day Tests should be changed only when finished’

Likewise Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli, former India opener Virender Sehwag has put together all his words to reinforce the necessity of cricket’s oldest form to remain what it is.

Once the master hitter hit exact synonyms to describe Test matches. He said five-day traditional format is like baby diapers, they have to be changed only when they properly finished.

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“I have always supported change. I captained India in its first T20 game and I am proud of that. I was also part of India’s World T20 winning team in 2007. But five-day Test cricket is romance,” Sehwag said while delivering the seventh Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Lecture at the BCCI Awards.

He further said, “Innovations like names in jerseys and pink ball Tests are fine. But diaper and five-day Tests should only be changed when its finished, when it can’t be used anymore. Five-day Test is not finished. Test cricket is a 143-year old fit person. It has a soul.

“Char din ki sirf chandni hi hoti hai….Test cricket nahin’ (four days of moon is fine, not Test cricket),”

said Sehwag.

Major cricketing nations like Australia, England and South Africa have backed four-day Test matches. The ICC Cricket Committee is also set to discuss the idea in their next meeting.

But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to clear the air. A BCCI official told IANS that the board will discuss the matter with Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“See, it is only right that you discuss these matters and we will do the same with CA, ECB and Cricket South Africa. But as things stand now, we are on the same platform as our skipper and coach and don’t see much sense in cutting Test cricket to four days from the conventional five.

“In fact, it is not just our captain or coach, you have also heard the likes of  Joe Root and Faf du Plessis make their opinions clear on the matter. It might be an option for the lower ranked teams, but not when two big teams clash. Tradition can’t be toyed with,” the official said.

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