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Four-day Tests not the future - ECB chief

20th February 2020, 16:28 by Aidan Perkins

England and Wales Cricket Board [ECB] chief executive Tom Harrison does not expect Test cricket to completely adopt four-day matches.

There has been plenty of speculation in recent months over the future of Test cricket with calls for the traditional five-day matches to be reduced to four days.

The International Cricket Council [ICC] is due to meet in Dubai at the end of March, where it's thought the possible dropping of a day down to four will be debated, with some reports claiming new rules could be in place by 2022 or 2023.

An ECB spokesperson was quoted as saying last month the board were open to four-day Test cricket in the future as it could "provide a sustainable solution to the complex scheduling needs and player workloads we face as a global sport".

However, Harrison, in quotes published by the Guardian from the latest Cricketer magazine, says he does not envisage four-day Tests being the norm in the future.

He said: "There are no plans over the next few years to introduce four-day Tests in England, certainly not in the World Test Championship or the Ashes.

"I've been positioned as the champion of four-day Test cricket. I am not. It's not a binary argument. We have just had the most successful summer of Test cricket we have ever had. We played one four-day Test [versus Ireland], and five five-day [Ashes Tests]. They were all outrageously successful.

"I'm cautiously supportive of four-day Tests, in certain geographies, in certain times of the year, against certain opposition, in a cluttered calendar, when we're facing enormous pressure on schedules, four-day Test cricket does answer some questions, some of the time.

"It's not the answer to all of our problems, and our own problems. That's not to say we might not play another four-day Test at some stage, against Afghanistan and Ireland for instance."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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