The ICC is considering making four-day Tests mandatory from 2023 as part of the World Test Championship, primarily to free up the crowded calendar. Hosting four-day Tests will allow ICC to stage more global events. If four-day Tests had held during the 2015-2023 cycle, it would have freed up 335 days of scheduled cricket.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) could make four-day Tests mandatory from 2023 as part of the World Test Championship, primarily to free up the crowded calendar. The ICC's cricket committee will formally consider trimming Tests to four days from five for the 2023-2031 cycle.
A four-day Test is not a new concept with the last one played between England and Ireland earlier this year. South Africa and Zimbabwe too played one in 2017. It is an issue that is likely to attract a contrasting view of the game's stakeholders. Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts feels four-day Tests should be definitely considered.
However, Australian captain, Tim Paine was not enthused by the idea following his team's 247-run win over New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. "We might not have got a result if we'd done that in the Ashes, I think every game went to the fifth day," said Paine.