The tone of the game flows backwards from the possibility of five days – just look at Dominic Sibley’s century in Cape Town
No. No. No. And also: no. Not even: no thanks. Not later or maybe or let’s see. This is simply a hard, flat no. And indeed an angry and reproachful no, too. When it comes to the ICC’s suggestion that four-day Test matches may be the future of international red-ball cricket there is only one sensible response. That response is an aggressive, concerted and righteous rejection.
This is an informed no, too, a no that understands we live in a sporting world dominated by greed and short-termism (otherwise known as the commercial or “real” world). Change and compromise have been the dominant notes of cricket’s evolution over the last few years. A great many lines that shall never be crossed have already been cheerfully discarded, often with no harm done in the process.
Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2020/jan/07/icc-plan-end-five-day-tests-best-about-cricket under the title “ICC plan to end five-day Tests would remove all that is best about cricket | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.