The reasons for which BCCI is not in favour of the format is that there is no points system for the proposed Test league © Getty Images
The reasons for which BCCI is not in favour of the format is that there is no points system for the proposed Test league © Getty Images

Last week, ICC came up with a landmark decision to approve four-day Test cricket. The first ever match of the format will be held between South Africa and Zimbabwe this December. However, BCCI showed reservations against the format despite ICC going ahead to approve of it. Nevertheless, chances are likely that India may not go ahead with any four-day Tests in near future and stick to the traditional five-day format of the game instead. ICC set to launch 9-team Test, 13-team ODI league from 2019

“India will not play any four day Test matches, at least in the near future. Any Test match involving India will be a five-day affair. 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 bipartite agreements, if two nations are okay, they will go ahead with it. Only five-day Tests will have points that will be counted for the World Test Championship. What’s the point in playing matches that won’t count for anything? In any case, if we play Ireland or Afghanistan also, it will be five-day affairs [sic],” said a senior BCCI official, as reported by PTI. Williamson: ICC’s Test Championship ‘a positive step’

“We will cross that bridge when it comes. Let’s be practical: for Ireland or Afghanistan, it will be very difficult that they can be competitive in a five-day format straightaway; if Test matches against these countries end inside three days or little over it, it is only logical that four-day Tests are tried out,” added another BCCI official.