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South Africa, Zimbabwe to play 4 day Test Cricket

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TestAuckland: The International Cricket Council on Friday approved four-day Tests on a trial basis, effectively giving green light to the Boxing Day Test between hosts South Africa and Zimbabwe from December 26-29.

The decision came at the the ICC Board’s meeting held here in New Zealand today.

The ICC Board also stated that members are free to organise bilateral four-day matches as an experiment till the 2019 World Cup.

“Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena”, said ICC chief executive Dave Richardson.

“Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams”, he added.

The first-ever four-day will be played with the pink-ball and under lights.

“Richardson speaks about the new Test and ODI leagues after the ICC meetings in Auckland” shared ICC media in twitter.