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Misbah Ul Haq, Waqar Younis oppose four-day Tests

Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah Ul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis have turned down International Cricket Council’s idea to reduce Test cricket to four days.

In an interview with the Espncricinfo, Misbah Ul Haq and Waqar Younis, like other former cricketers, rubbished ICC’s idea.

Misbah Ul Haq said, “First of all, there is no clarity at this point about how it will be taken forward.”

Misbah told Espncricinfo, “Will it be 90 overs a day? 96? Maybe 110 overs to compensate for the fifth day? If you look at the conditions in Asia, especially in Pakistan, we barely manage to get 90 overs a day because the cricket season here is mostly during the winter. We don’t get long days in winter, or enough to complete even 90 overs. We lose 10-15 overs a day routinely. If you lose those across a four-day Test, with 360 overs, the match effectively becomes a three-and-a-half-day affair.”

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Misbah Ul Haq thought the fast bowlers would have to carry the extra workload, which would increase the injury risk.

He said, “Another important thing – if you force the workload of five-day cricket into four days, with an increase in overs, then it is challenging.”

Waqar Younis also backed Misbah’s thoughts. He told Espncricinfo, “I don’t like to see any change to the length of this format at all.”

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Waqar added, “It’s beautiful this way, and when you trim it down to four days, you are going to compromise the standard of it. Hypothetically, one long first innings can suck the fun out of the Test, and the probability of drawn games will be too high.”

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