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Popularly known as the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is recently into the news for the big rejection calls. Sachin stated that the four-day tests would certainly be unfair as would disadvantage the spinners. He also added that it could be one of the defining factors to change the game and hence, rejected the calls for four-day tests.
This is one of the current hot-topics in Indian cricket. Tendulkar joins the debate as he opposes the format. This is one of the major decisions that the ICC will take this year for 2023 and beyond.
The debate has also been joined by the former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. He expressed his disapproval which was supported by the current players including Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, India skipper Virat Kohli, and New Zealand quick Neil Wagner.
Cricket experts in Australia and England are interested in investigating the idea. Many of them believe it can clear up the schedule and create a more positive play in red-ball matches.
Sachin Tendulkar also told to the media officials that the loss of the day could also affect the spinners.
"Spinners look forward to bowling with the scruffed ball, taking advantage of day five of the roughs created on the wickets," Tendulkar said.
"All that is part of Test cricket. Is it fair to take that advantage away from spinners?
"There is T20, it is one-dayers and then there are T10 and 100-ball cricket. The test is the purest form of cricket. It should not be tinkered with.".
Tendulkar also discussed with his former teammate Anil Kumble considering his own history as a spinner. He asserted he to consider this in his role as chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.
His comments came as Ponting also rejected the four-days format, having been part of the MCC World Cricket Committee that voted against the proposal three years ago.
"I'm against it but I'd like to hear from the people who are pushing it what the major reason is," Ponting told.
"I know we've had a lot of four-day games in the last couple of years but what I've noticed in the last decade is how many drawn Test matches there have been.
"I just wonder if they had have been all four-day Test matches through that period of time would we have had more drawn games?"