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.
Sehwag held the "MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture" at the annual BCCI Awards on Sunday evening and relied on some classic Hindi idioms to clarify the point that innovation in the longest form should stop at day / night games.
".number on jersey etc are okay but diaper and five-day cricket should be changed only when they are soiled".
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.
"Chaar din ki chandni hoti hai, Test match nahi.Jal ki machli jal main hi acchi hai, bahar nikaloge toh mar jaegi", he said in his inimitable style. Though a majority of the cricket boards have hitherto refrained from officially commenting on the proposal, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have emerged as strong proponents of four-day Tests.
"I hope Virat lifts the T20 World Cup in Australia... but do remember Test cricket in your thoughts as well".
"See, it is only right that you discuss these matters and we will do the same with CA, ECB, and Cricket South Africa".
"I have always supported the change". In fact, it is not just our captain or coach, you have also heard the likes of Joe Root (English captain) and Faf du Plessis (South Africa skipper) make their opinions clear on the matter. "Tradition can't be toyed with", the official said. "We see a lot of excitement in the Tests on the fifth day when wicket gets deteriorated and bowlers get the upper hand". As I said, the day-night is another step towards commercializing Test cricket and you know, creating excitement around it, but it can't be tinkered with too much. I mean where do you end?
"I don't think that's fair to the purest format of the game", Kohli said when asked about four-day Tests.
"Yes, there have been drawing also on the fifth day but have we not witnessed many thrills and exciting play on a no-result day?".
"If you play well, money will follow".
The ICC Cricket Committee is set to discuss the idea of four-day Test matches, but it will, in all likelihood, get a red flag from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the Indian board is set to stand with Kohli and Shastri.