Players oppose four-day Test matches – although ICC chief admits administrators would welcome move

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The prospect of reducing Tests to four days is being opposed by the players after ECB chairman Colin Graves restated his support for the move earlier this summer.

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said the game’s administrators are keen to shorten the format but admitted: ‘The cricketers are pretty much against moving to four-day Tests.

‘The administrators like it because it makes scheduling easier. You can stage a Test like a golf tournament – starting on Thursday and finishing on Sunday.

‘You wouldn’t have to worry about the Monday, with everyone going to work and no one watching the game.
‘But people still like the idea of a Test match over five days.’