David Hill was involved in the introduction of the revolutionary 'World Series Cricket' alongside the late Kerry Packer © Getty Images
David Hill was involved in the introduction of the revolutionary ‘World Series Cricket’ alongside the late Kerry Packer © Getty Images

Leading sports broadcaster and television heavyweight David Hill voiced his support for four-day Tests in order to prevent cricket from “losing its crown jewel”. The former Fox Sports senior executive, who helped revolutionise cricket by helping introduce the World Series Cricket alongside the late Kerry Packer, said that a step in this direction would greatly help the sport by rejuvenating the declining interest in the format, which has seen a dwindle in the turnouts in recent times for the most part (barring important contests such as the Ashes). Hill is among the latest to pitch support towards the idea, with former Australian cricketers Greg Chappell, Shane Warne and Mark Taylor having expressed similar views. READ: Mark Taylor voices support for four-day Tests

“I would hate to see Test cricket wither away and die because of a lack of interest and I believe one of the simple ways of maintaining interest would be to reduce it to four days.

“I’ve always felt that by not experimenting with a four-day Test and maintaining the five days that cricket was in danger of losing its crown jewel,” Hill was quoted as saying according to a report on Sydney Morning Herald. READ: Time for 4-day Tests, says Shane Warne

Hill’s comments come barely a few days after the successfull completion of the first-ever day-night Test, which was contested between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, with a pink ball being used for the first time in the sport’s history.

Cricket Australia (CA) has been well aware of Hill’s views for quite some time now, with CA executive Ben Amarfio visiting the television heavyweight in the USA. Australia and England seem to be in favour of the motion, with the issue of convincing India, the other member of the ‘Big Three’, being one of the major hurdles for the idea to be implemented.