CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa has opted for four-day friendly matches and has denied reports that they are against the plan.
South Africa's Faf du Plessis ducks a bouncer from the bowling of the Englishman Jofra Archer. REUTERS / Rogan Ward
The International Cricket Council will discuss the idea of running four-day test games to simplify a crowded international calendar and reduce player workload.
England has announced that it will support the idea after 2023, while Australia should seriously consider the plan.
The British daily Daily Mail reported that South Africa would oppose this idea, although the country was the first to host a four-day friendly against Zimbabwe in 2017.
"Given an unexplained and misleading media report this morning, it is pointed out that cricket South Africa's official policy is to support four-day test match cricket," said a statement from Cricket South Africa.
"We hosted the first official four-day friendly between us and Zimbabwe a few years ago."
In the middle of the second day of this test in Port Elizabeth, South Africa defeated Zimbabwe with an inning.
The powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to comment, but India's captain Virat Kohli said he was completely against the plan.
"I'm not a fan," Kohli told reporters. "I think the intention will not be right then because you are talking about three-day tests, I mean, where do you end?
"Then you talk about the disappearance of the test cricket. I don't support that at all. "
Reporting by Nick Said, Ed Osmond editor