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FICA rejects four-day Tests, calls it ‘meaningless cricket’ 

Umaima Saeed
Modified 09 Jan 2020, 15:29 IST

FICA is the latest on the list to reject the idea of playing four-day red-ball cricket
FICA is the latest on the list to reject the idea of playing four-day red-ball cricket

The four-day Tests proposed by the International Cricket Council have been in the news for a while now. Most of the cricketers have rejected the idea, giving their explanations for the same. And the bandwagon has now been joined by Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA), which has also opposed the tweaking of the original five-day format. 

In a statement it released earlier today, FICA has asked for clarity on the economic and scheduling benefits of the four-day Tests, while also adding that four-day cricket is ‘meaningless cricket’ and not something that it would be supportive of.

"We continue to follow this issue closely and understand that discussions are taking place at various levels on this," it read.

"From our discussions with players around the world, and our global survey data, it is clear that there is currently a lot of negative sentiment, within the global collective of players, towards such a significant change to the game’s most traditional format.

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"Given the obvious cricketing implications, if the ICC and/or Boards do want to make a broader case for 4-day Test cricket, we would need to clearly understand what both the economic and scheduling benefits would be, so we can discuss that with players and gauge genuine collective feedback. It is particularly important for us, and the players, to understand how any additional calendar space in the playing schedule would be used. Making a fundamental change simply in order to provide calendar space to fill with additional or meaningless cricket is clearly not something we can support. Cricket’s global structure desperately needs clarity, rather than further confusion.

"Until such a time as we and the players are provided with the full picture and compelling reasons for change, we remain supportive of 5-day Test cricket, and would expect significant player resistance if a shift to that is imposed on players by the ICC and/or Boards. Test cricket is a cherished format of the game and it needs player support and buy in to survive. We urge those making decisions to understand that."

Earlier, cricketers like Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar outright refused to support the tweaked format, saying that it would be unfair to spinners and also to the format, which remains the most prestigious format of cricket.

Published 08 Jan 2020, 19:33 IST
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