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Players not willing to approve four-day Test plan: FICA


The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) stated cricketers might not back up the proposed four-day Tests.

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The implementation of the plan of curtailing longer version matches has been a growing issue and with major nations sanctions their respective approvals, International Cricket Council (ICC) is also set to discuss the matter in their oncoming meeting.

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FICA therefore said, cricketers prefer clarification on behalf of administrators about the plans of utilizing the free span of time that will be ushered by shrinking traditional Test matches.

“From our discussions with players around the world, and our global survey data, it is clear that there is currently a lot of negative sentiment, within the global collective of players, towards such a significant change to the game’s most traditional format,” FICA said in a statement.

According to FICA revelations, cricketers are afraid of being engaged in more of the game in the newly located gaps of Test matches.

“Given the obvious cricketing implications, if the ICC and/ or Boards do want to make a broader case for four-day Test cricket, we would need to clearly understand what both the economic and scheduling benefits would be, so we can discuss that with players and gauge genuine collective feedback,”

FICA said.

FICA Chief Executive Tony Irish said, “After discussions with players around the world and our global survey data, it is clear that there is a lot of negative sentiment within the global collective of players towards such a significant change to the game’s most traditional format.”

Several greats of time like Sachin Tenduklar strongly opposed the concept in recent times.

On Wednesday, Mahela Jayawardene, part of ICC’s Cricket Committee that will discuss this proposal, said he too is not in favor of the change.

“We will discuss it in the meeting (in March). I don’t know what will happen after that but my opinion is that it should remain five days. I would not want any change,” a news agency quoted him as saying.

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