Id­i­otic de­mands are killing Test cricket

Cape Times - - METRO - DON­ALD PATER­SON Napier

A Test match sched­uled to be held over five days was won by our team in three days and one hour.

The con­trol­ling body is claim­ing an undis­closed amount from the cap­tain and the team for rev­enue lost for not com­plet­ing the full five days.

This is id­i­otic and on a par with the money taken from the Test team for a slow over rate.

Surely rules are rules, but flex­i­bil­ity must pre­vail. Twenty wick­ets were taken to win this game ... think of the ex­tra time this takes, which is now ir­rel­e­vant.

Test cricket is strug­gling to sur­vive against other for­mats of the game and we have to stom­ach this il­log­i­cal ap­proach.

Catch a wake-up, um­pires or who­ever is in charge, be­fore this leads to the death of Test cricket!

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