Only reducing number of matches can save Test cricket from extinction: Gilchrist

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Sydney, June 25 (ANI): Fomer Australian vice captain Adam Gilchrist has called for a drastic reduction in the number of Test matches in a bid to help preserve the five-day format from the Twenty20 challenge.

Gilchrist insists the Test schedule must be culled, and that the ICC chiefs meeting this week should consider it.

"To preserve Test cricket's future, which we must less is in fact more. We should go back to the future where there were fewer Test matches, but a lot more important ones. And where the best cricketers of the day played closer to 50 Tests in their career, not 150," The Herald Sun quoted him, as saying.

After the success of the Indian Premier League and the recent Twenty20 World Cup in England, Gilchrist's comments will be a hot talking point in cricket's corridors of power this week.

International Cricket Council chief executives are debating an overhaul of cricket's Future Tours Programme, which could see more Test series, but less Tests involving the minnow nations. (ANI)

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