London : India’s captain Virat Kohli, centre, celebrates his team taking the wicket of South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, June 11, 2017. AP/PTI(AP6_11_2017_000172B)[/caption]The ICC has decided to start with four-day Test matches on a trial basis but the Indian cricket team is unlikely to play the curtailed version of the longest format in near future.
The decision to introduce four-day Test was taken during recent ICC board meeting in Auckland with South Africa and Zimbabwe set to play the inaugural four day ‘Test’ on the ‘Boxing Day’. However BCCI wants to stick to traditional format as has been recommended by the Anil Kumble led ICC Cricket Committee, which was against this experimental move. “India will not play any four day Test matches, atleast in the near future. Any Test match involving India will be a five-day affair,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “The BCCI believes that there is a lot of merit in Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee’s recommendations that duration should not be tinkered with. But since four-day Test matches are bi-partite agreements, if two nations are okay, they will go ahead with it,” the official said. The other reason for BCCI not warming up to four day Test is because there are no points awarded for the proposed Test league.