Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
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Changes in test cricket for name alone will be risky: Strauss

Changes in test cricket for name alone will be risky: Strauss

Yet, in his trademark witty style, the former Indian cricketer claimed that innovations like names on jerseys and pink ball Tests were fine but overall, five-day Tests were like a "diaper" which should only be changed when it's finished and can not be used anymore. Sehwag hailed Ganguly as the boss of Indian cricket as a captain as well as the BCCI president.

"How cricket started initially, five-day Test matches was the highest test you can have at the worldwide level".

As revealed by ESPNcricinfo, cricket's governing body is mulling the possibility of stipulating that World Test Championship matches be played over four days - with a minimum of 98 overs per day - from 2023 onwards.

"I had a very close relationship with him". "My gut feeling is that we should be looking at the whole picture, how Test cricket can be looking as healthy as possible in future, then work back from that". But Tiger Pataudi sir gave me an advice which changed the way I played Test cricket. "Maybe, if he wasn't there then it would have taken more time for India to win overseas".

Recently, Sehwag, now a former cricketer, appealed to both players and administrators to contribute towards keeping the game clean.

Sehwag said the players should never ignore a corrupt approach.

"If you play well, money will follow".

"I did not want to let go of the opportunity to deliver the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture as I have a personal relation with him", Sehwag was quoted as saying by India Today while delivering the seventh Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Lecture at the BCCI awards. "He only told me one thing:" If you hit, you're far from the ball, if you stay close, you won't get out. In fact, it is not just our captain or coach, you have also heard the likes of Joe Root and Faf du Plessis make their opinions clear on the matter.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was suspended for two years for failing to report an approach by a suspected Indian bookie.

Speaking about doping, Sehwag said: "I can understand a lot of cricketers are doing fitness, but I don't think that you can have anything and build your muscles, which can help you to perform in batting or bowling".

"See, it is only right that you discuss these matters and we will do the same with CA, ECB, and Cricket South Africa".

Last year, the BCCI had banned India U-19 World Cup-winning captain Prithvi Shaw for eight months after the youngster failed a dope test.

Virender Sehwag, who represented India in 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is, also spoke about his former teammates Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.

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