Cricket: BCCI To Back Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri On Keeping 5-Day Tests: Report

Cricket: BCCI To Back Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri On Keeping 5-Day Tests: Report

The BCCI is probably going to take a position against the ICC suggestion to lessen Test matches from five days to four.

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are both against Test matches being diminished to a 4-day affair.© AFP

The ICC cricket council is set to examine the possibility of four-day Test matches, however it will, probably, get a warning from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the Indian board is set to remain with captain Virat Kohli and mentor Ravi Shastri. Both the skipper and the lead trainer of the group have clarified that they need the conventional organization to not lose its sheen by abandoning a five-day undertaking into one of four days.

Addressing IANS, a BCCI official said that while the board will talk about the issue with Cricket Australia and the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) around the BCCI grants on January 12 in Mumbai, the board is unmistakably on the side of captain Kohli and mentor Shastri.

"It's obvious, it is just right that you talk about these issues and we will do likewise with CA, ECB and Cricket South Africa. In any case, as things stand now, we are on a similar stage as our captain and mentor and don't see a lot of sense in slicing Test cricket to four days from the ordinary five. Truth be told, it isn't only our chief or mentor, you have additionally heard any semblance of Joe Root (English commander) and Faf du Plessis (South Africa captain) make their feelings unmistakable on the issue. It may be a possibility for the lower positioned groups, however not when two major groups conflict. Custom can't be played with," the authority pointed.

Kohli made his conclusion obvious on the eve of the opening T20I among India and Sri Lanka in Guwahati and stated: "As per me, it ought not be adjusted. As I stated, the day-night is another progression towards commercializing Test cricket and you know, making energy around it, yet it can't be tinkered with something over the top. I don't accept so.

"You know the Day-Night Test is the most that ought to be changed about Test cricket, as indicated by me. At that point you are absolutely just looking at getting numbers, diversion and you know. I think the aim won't be correct then since then you will discuss three-day Tests. I mean where do you end? At that point you will talk about Test cricket vanishing.

"So I don't support that by any means. I don't imagine that is reasonable for the most perfect configuration of the game. How cricket began at first, and you realize five-day Tests was the most noteworthy of tests you can have at the International level."


Shastri additionally called the thought irrational. "Four-day Test is hogwash. On the off chance that this goes on we may have constrained overs Tests. There is no compelling reason to alter five-day Tests. On the off chance that at all they need to alter, at that point let the best six sides play five-day Tests and the following six be permitted to play four-day Tests.

"In the event that you need to safeguard Tests, at that point let the main six play more against one another. You have the shorter arrangement to advance the game," he told News18.

While the gathering of the Big Three is set to occur one week from now and will see exchanges on the ICC's proposition of 4-day Tests, it looks impossible that the BCCI will move from the position taken by captain Kohli and mentor Shastri.

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