NZC welcomes four-day Tests and two-tier Test cricket

New Zealand Cricket has welcomed ICC’s proposal to separate Test nations into two divisions and called for cutting down the length of a Test from five days to four.

Australia won the first day-night Test, played against New Zealand in Adelaide last year.   -  AP

New Zealand Cricket has welcomed ICC’s proposal to separate Test nations into two divisions and called for cutting down the length of a Test from five days to four. It was a bid to keep Tests relevant in the current age and ensure their constant innovation, according to NZC chief David White.

“We seriously need to look at [the idea of four-day Tests]. "One of the challenges at the moment is if you play a three-Test series it has to be played over four weeks. Four weeks is a long time. But if you play a three-Test series of four-day cricket, it can be played over three weeks, so you save a week,” White told ESPNcricinfo.

"We are big supporters [of the two-tier system]," he said. "Everyone agrees we need context, we need something that's aspirational. [But] the countries who don't make the top division in the first instance [should not be] not disadvantaged financially - that's really important."

The two-tier system has been opposed by the ‘weaker’ teams in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

NZC has also shown its enthusiasm to continue with a push for more day-night Tests in the international calendar. New Zealand played its first and only day-night Test late last year against Australia; it was a successful spectacle, with a large crowd and an exciting contest confirming it.