New Delhi: Twenty20 Test match may be the next revolutionary step in the cricket world.
In a move to save Test cricket from the onslaught of Twenty20 matches ICC is planning to introduce a new format of two innings Twenty20 Test match
Many former players have already extended their support to new format 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.
T20 Test Cricket 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 was 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.