International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Greg Barclay would like to see a five-day women’s Test match, but questioned whether the long format would be part of the “landscape” of the future of women’s sports. ۔ The five women’s Tests over the past five years, played over four days, ended in a draw. England women’s captain Heather Knight has called for a five-day test, similar to men’s international redball cricket, to give more time for positive results.
“Most people will say five days are needed,” Barclay told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special on Friday in an interview aired during the first men’s Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s.
“Of course, if they are going to play it, I personally think they should have five days to play it,” the New Zealander added.
Only England, Australia and India have played women’s Tests since 2017, the latest Red Ball International with a thrilling draw in January.
England, however, will play South Africa for four days in June, the first Test for women since 2014.
The Ashes draw went to the last ball, with many pundits called for more women’s tests.
But the schedule for such matches can be expensive and female cricketers have fewer opportunities to play long format domestic matches than their male counterparts.
“If you look at the path of cricket strategically, there is no doubt that white ball cricket is the path to the future,” Barclay added.
“It’s a game that fans are looking for. This is where the broadcasters are investing their resources. This is what is driving the money.
“To play Test cricket you have to have a local structure. They are not present in any country at the moment. I really can’t see women’s Test cricket developing at a particular pace.
This is not to say that any country that chooses to play Test cricket cannot do so.
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