Ganguly is against of ‘Four day test’ format
International cricket Council (ICC) authority has come with a idea to frame the longest format into four-day Tests format to squeeze more cricket into a packed calendar. While, India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has come out against the idea.
ICC has planned the idea of reducing matches in the World Test Championship by one day to arrange more matches in the calendar year from 2023. Meanwhile, Ganguly said officials should not “tinker” with what he calls the aesthetic format of cricket.
“I am not a big fan of four-day cricket because I feel lot of Test matches will not finish,” Ganguly, who turned 48 on Wednesday, said in an online chat hosted by the BCCI.
“When you have four days the approach is different, I really feel that there is no need to tinker with those five-day Test matches. And for me Test matches are the toughest and the best form of cricket.” he added.
Although, Ganguly backs other innovations, however, including day-night Tests and other regulations to improve the longer version of cricket. Although India refused to play a Test under floodlights in Australia in 2018, played a pink ball test against Bangladesh in Kolkata last year.Although the the final Test of a two-match series faded very early but it attracted packed crowds at Eden Gardens and India won the series 2-0.
“Day-night cricket, one Test a series is important, because cricket needs everyone back,” said the former India captain. We played that pink Test in Kolkata, I don’t think if it was a normal India-Bangladesh Test match we would have one tenth of the people,” he said.