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Marylebone Cricket Club backs five-day Test matches

Amid talks over four-day Tests, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday backed five days Test matches although it added that there are some benefits of a four-day Test. The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee has recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring, both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days, said in a statement.Four-day Tests could become a regular feature as part of the 2023 World Test Championship as the International Cricket Council s (ICC) cricket committee is likely to deliberate upon the change next year.Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli opposed the four-day Test idea and said that he is not a fan of four-day Tests and the longest format of the game should not be tinkered much.Former cricketers like Ricky Ponting, Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag, and Ion Botham also opposed the idea of a four-day Test.


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