Virender Sehwag Joins Long List of Voices Backing Five-day Tests

Sourav Ganguly the BCCI president

The former opener admitted that the T-20 game appealed to him as he captained India in their first ever T-20I in 2006 in South Africa and was part of India's World T-20 winning team in 2007. But as things stand now, we are on the same platform as our skipper and coach and don't see much sense in cutting Test cricket to four days from the conventional five.

A Cricket Australia (CA) delegation, led by its chairman Earl Eddings, is set to meet the new BCCI administration on the sidelines of the limited-overs series between India and Australia, starting in Mumbai on Tuesday.

"I did not want to let go of the opportunity to deliver the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture as I have a personal relation with him", Virender Sehwag said in his inimitable style while delivering the seventh Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Lecture at the BCCI awards here.

".number on jersey etc are okay but diaper and five-day cricket should be changed only when they are soiled".

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Virender Sehwag described the ICC's plan to shorten test cricket to four days as "A fish out of the water is a dead fish" and claimed that innovation should not mean tinkering with the soul of the format. "'Char din ki sirf chandni hi hoti hai.Test cricket nahin' (four days of the moon is fine, not Test cricket)", he further added. Though a majority of the cricket boards have hitherto refrained from officially commenting on the proposal, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have emerged as strong proponents of four-day Tests. They feel that Test cricket remains the game's best format and correctly point out that it showcases a team's true calibre, its resilience, patience and consistency over the course of the five-day period.

"I've always welcomed change, but 5-day test cricket is a romance". He pointed out that England captain Joe Root and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis also made their opinions clear on the matter. "Tradition can't be toyed with", the official had said. One can be a normal red ball practice game and then, a pink ball practice game before the pink Test.

The ICC will consider the proposal to make Test cricket four-dayers during its cricket committee meeting in March. "I can understand a lot of cricketers are doing fitness (regimens), having lot of shakes but I don't think that you can have anything and build your muscles, which can help you to perform in batting or bowling", he said. It has become a very exciting feature of any test series, we are open to playing day & night tests.

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