The International Cricket Council (ICC) may soon change the history of 142 years by making major changes in Test cricket. According to a report, the test cricket played for five days will now be a four day affair. According to the report, it may be discussed in this meeting that the Test matches under the Test Championship to be held from 2023 should be played for four days, replacing the traditional five days.
There was a period when Test matches ended in a draw after the fierce battle in five days, but now the result generally comes in less than 5 days. There are cases where test matches end in just 3 days and the chances of draw are bleak.
In regard to this, ICC is now considering to reduce the Test match from five days to four days. Its worth mentioning that in the year 2020, the International Cricket Council will meet with all the board officials, associated to them and will consider reducing one day in Test matches.
If the test matches are four days long and the matches take place according to the cricket cycle from 2015 to 2023, then 335 days will be vacant, which will be valuable for the ICC and other cricket board. More Test matches can be played on these vacant days.
However, if everything goes right and test matches are cut short to 4 days then 98 overs will be bowled instead of 90 in one day.
Its worth mentioning that, South Africa and Zimbabwe have played a four-day Test which ICC allowed in 2017.