Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has rubbished the idea of making Test cricket a four-day affair. He has alleged that this is a conspiracy against the Asian teams and the BCCI will not allow this to happen. The ICC is considering a plan to make the four-day test compulsory in the next Future Tour Program (FTP) from 2023 to 2031 to save more days for commercially enticing short formats.
Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel, “Nowadays this conspiracy is happening everywhere against Asian teams. I think this (making the Test match four days) is completely against the Asian teams. I think this idea is nonsense and nobody is interested in it. ”
Approval of BCCI is necessary
Akhtar said that ICC cannot implement this scheme without the approval of BCCI, the world’s richest cricket board. The former fast bowler said that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is a sensible person and he will not let Test cricket go to waste. According to Akhtar, “the ICC cannot enforce this rule without the approval of the BCCI.” The BCCI and sensible cricketers stand against this idea, especially the spinners of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh and they will not let this happen.
Spinners agree to talk of loss
Akhtar said, “Sourav Ganguly is a wise and intelligent person. He would never like to see Test cricket suffer. He wants it to go on and wants to see India succeed in this format. “Akhtar also supported Sachin Tendulkar’s view that the four-day match would hurt the spinners.