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Twenty20 Test matches in future?

Twenty20 Test matches in future?

Twenty20 Test matches in future?

How about a Twenty20 Test match? Sounds odd but who knows, it could become a reality in future.

As the International Cricket Council (ICC) mulls on ways to save Test cricket from the Twenty20 onslaught, a new format of a two innings Twenty20 match is slowly gaining momentum.

And many former players are not averse to the idea though some of them question whether it would suit the needs of spectators, who have lapped up the slam-bang version for its quick results.

The new format has been mooted by cricket experts and broadly envisages a Twenty20 match in two innings of 20 overs each. In other words, the match will have four innings like in Tests but would be restricted to a total of 80 overs (40 for each team in two innings).

The idea of two innings mainly stems from the fact that it would give an opportunity to top players, who fail in the opening essay to make amends in the second innings.

Moreover, the proposal has innovations like each team would be allowed to make two substitutions in the second innings.

Although the proposal has not been formally submitted to the ICC, many Indian cricketers like former captain Chandu Borde and Syed Kirmani have supported the idea. Others like former captain Ajit Wadekar, Sandeep Patil and Erapalli Prasanna are not sure whether it will work.

“It [proposal] sounds interesting and worth experimenting. Also if one team does not do well in the first innings it has a chance to do well in the second. Not a bad idea, but it would be better if it’s tried out at a lower level, at the club or state level, to see how it works, but it definitely looks to be an interesting concept,” Borde said.

Sandeep Patil, a former India cricketer and coach, said it is necessary to take the views of the sponsors, teams and players before proposing such a format.

“It’s the ICC’s take. First of all it has to be seen whether it’s logical. A lot of money is involved and it’s important to take the views of the sponsors, teams and players.

“There should not be a tendency to rush for fast food all the time. There should also be time to savour a lovely meal,” Patil said.

Former India wicketkeeper Kirmani wanted his modifications in the format.

“It will become little laborious and spectators will not be able to get the result in quick time. The present T20 format can be played in two innings of four 10-overs-a-side in a match which would mean the team that opts to bat will play the first 10 overs and then the rivals and the same is repeated for the second time,” he suggested.

Prasanna, however, is not in favour of introducing such a format.

“It should not be done as the sheen of the format is taken away. The present T20 format is comparable to Fast Food at McDonalds,” he said.

“If two innings in a match is introduced, only venues in the sub-continent will attract spectators. In all other cricket playing nations in the world, time is money and people shift to entertainment only in the evenings as was seen in England, West Indies and South Africa ,” he added.

“You cannot afford to change the present format. Time is more important and people want entertainment too. It is like walking in to McDonalds and waiting for over 25 minutes for delivery and the very essence of the word fast food is lost,” he explained.

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar is worried that stretching the match to 80 overs could take interest away from the game as the spectators would have to wait longer for the results.

“It will lose its sheen if played in two innings a side. The present slam-bang style is the reason why more spectators watch the matches. If people are to wait longer for a result, the charm of the format is lost,” he said.

“The present Twenty20 format is good for youngsters to get attracted to the game and thereby reflect in the development of the game,” Wadekar said.

The ICC, on its part, said that such proposals are referred to the Cricket Committee, which decides whether they can be sent for further deliberations.

“The process is that the proposal is discussed by the Cricket Committee first. After deliberating on the issue and if it wants the proposal to go ahead, it is moved to the Chief Executive’s Committee and ultimately to the Executive Board which is the final decision making authority of the ICC,” an ICC spokesman said.

India had no role in shifting 2011 WC matches from Pak: ICC

ICC Chief Haroon Lorgat stressed on the fact that India had no role in shifting 2011 WC matches from Pak

ICC Chief Haroon Lorgat stressed on the fact that India had no role in shifting 2011 WC matches from Pak

ICC on Thursday dismissed Pakistan’s claims that India was behind the shifting of their 2011 World Cup matches and said the decision could have been avoided if the security apprehensions in the strife-torn country were responsibly addressed during the ICC Executive Board meeting.

“India had nothing to do with the decision. The decision was taken after consulting all the member nations. There are all together 16 member nation’s in ICC and India is just one of them,” ICC Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat , who belongs to Pakistan himself, said.

Had Pakistan done half as they are doing right now before the ICC meeting, the decision could have been avoided.

We know many countries won’t tour Pakistan. Pakistan is now trying to defend their own position,” he told reporters.

On the possibility of shifting Pakistan’s share of World Cup matches to neutral venues like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Lorgat said the ICC had not received any such proposal from the PCB.

“We have received no such proposal on neutral venue,” he said.

But Lorgat said in the coming days more security checks would be carried out in the venues of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“It’s a normal part of our process. We will still review the security in the other three host countries,” he said.

The ICC CEO also denied Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi’s claims that Champions League Twenty20 and other domestic tournaments would be a part of ICC’s Future Tour Programmes.

Asked about ICC’s plans on organising the much talked about Day and Night Tests, Lorgat said, “It’s still early dates for Day and Night Tests, but we encourage the concept. We are conducting thorogh research on the concept at the moment.”

The ICC CEO announced that as per the new contract signed between the two parties, LG would remain ICC Global Partner for all ICC events till 2015.

Source: PTI