Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Sunday said he’s not in favour of ICC’s idea to make Test cricket a four-day affair, citing that he is not keen on changing the format. The ICC is about to introduce the four-day Tests during the next FTP cycle between 2023-2031 to get more free days for the shorter formats.
“I’m against it but I’d like to hear from the people who are pushing it what the major reason is,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “I know we’ve had a lot of four-day games the last couple of years but what I’ve noticed in the last decade is how many drawn Test matches there have been, and I just wonder if they had have been all four-day Test matches through that period of time would we have had more drawn games.”
“That’s one thing I don’t think anybody wants to see. I understand there is a commercial side to it, saving money and things like that and how they would start on a Thursday to finish on Sunday,” Ponting added. “I’d like to hear the other reasons behind it. I don’t understand it enough and I’m very much a traditionalist, so if something’s not really badly broken then why do we need to fix it or change it?”
Ricky Ponting, who is part of the MCC World Cricket Committee, shared the idea of four-day Test cricket has been earlier rejected by the panel as well.
“Let’s wind the clock back two, three years ago, it was being discussed then,” Ponting said. “I know we had a vote at one of the meetings about putting a proposal forward to changing it and the overriding decision there was that we wanted to keep it as five days.”
Along with Ricky Ponting, Indian captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Australian coach Justin Langer, spinner Nathan Lyon and former pace bowler Glenn McGrath have also disapproved the idea.