New Play­ing Con­di­tions for 4-day Tests

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KARACHI: The cricket com­mit­tee chaired by In­dia's for­mer coach Anil Kum­ble will dis­cuss the new Play­ing Con­di­tions for the 4-day Tests.

Ac­cord­ing to the ICC (In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil) sources, the same will be put up be­fore the Chief Ex­ec­u­tives' Com­mit­tee (CEC) and the fi­nal de­ci­sion on award­ing the of­fi­cial sta­tus to the 4day Test will be de­lib­er­ated by the Board mem­bers later this week in New Zealand.

Zim­babwe team is in line to play the first 4-day /night pink ball Test against South Africa as the tra­di­tional Box­ing Day Test.

"Cer­tain Play­ing Con­di­tions, like how many overs in a day can be bowled, whether the bowlers would be ex­hausted, if it is de­cided with 100 overs a day etc. are to be de­lib­er­ated", a top Zim­babwe Cricket board of­fi­cial said.

"Prac­ti­cally, it will be a 400-overs game (then) as against the present 450overs a Test and the cap­tains will have to de­cide its strat­egy and tim­ings of the dec­la­ra­tion (if any) in this frame", one of the the Board mem­bers said.

"Mainly there are two rea­sons why we have cho­sen to agree the 4- day Test. Firstly, ours is a low rank­ing team and we don't want to be em­bar­rassed if the reg­u­lar (5-day) Test is over within four days against the top South Africa team. Se­condly, this is not a new pro­posal. There had been talks of lim­it­ing Test match to be of four days to en­sure good crowd at the sta­dium", he added.

There have been mixed re­sponse to this pro­posal.

I feel a 4-day Test takes away some­thing from Test cricket. In my opin­ion Test cricket should be left as is", Graeme Cre­mer, the cap­tain of the Zim­babwe team said ex­clu­sively.

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