Waqar Younis during his playing days (Image courtesy: AFP)
Waqar Younis during his playing days (Image courtesy: AFP)

Pakistan great Waqar Younis is not open to the idea of reducing Test cricket to four days. Earlier this week, ICC granted official status to the Four-Day Boxing Day pink-ball Test to be played between South Africa and Zimbabwe. There has been positive response from most in the cricket fraternity. Heath Streak, Zimbabwe coach, suggested that 97 overs could be played in a day. However, Waqar wants no tampering with the pristine format. ALSO READ: Let us talk about four-day Tests

I am not for it and don t believe in it. Test match cricket has been there for hundreds of years. I can understand introducing pink ball to pull in the crowd but any other alteration to Test cricket, I am not for it. I want to keep that beauty of Test match cricket, Waqar was quoted in a report from Gulf News.

Waqar believes in pink-ball cricket to pull crowd but isn t sure of its success in places like India and Sri Lanka.

We saw day-night Test cricket doing well in England and in Australia. We haven t seen it in India yet and we need to see how it works in India and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, a lot will depend on the weather. We need to pick the right weather for it, he added.