New Delhi: Former India captain Anil Kumble feels most players still want to excel in Tests despite the increasing lure of T20 cricket.
Kumble, who also heads the ICC cricket committee, will chair a discussion in March over the governing body's proposal to reduce Tests to four days from five.
"I think everybody wants to play Test cricket, that's very clear. This generation of cricketers certainly want five-day cricket and that's something very obvious."
"There is some challenge in keeping everyone focused and pushed towards playing domestic competitions, especially Ranji Trophy," he said at the launch of former India opener and current head coach of women's national team WV Raman's book 'The Winning Sixer: Leadership Lessons To Master'.
However, he said players playing all three formats is only going to get tougher.
"Very few players are common to formats and it's getting lesser and lesser. But I don't think there is any dearth of people wanting to play the longer format. I think everybody wants to, they realise that's the biggest challenge and I'm sure that's going to be the case for a long time," Kumble added.
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The short ball to get rid of Steve Smith was his favourite among the 13 wickets in the series, along with the dismissal of Marnus Labuschagne.
In the 21st century, there have only been 20 instances of a visiting batsman playing more than 350 balls in a Test in Australia. The only man to have done so thrice is Cheteshwar Pujara. The games in question? Adelaide 2018, Sydney 2019, Sydney 2021 – a series-opening win, a series-clinching draw, and now this. That is impact.
Smith's views came a day after the BCCI sought relaxation in Brisbane's hard quarantine protocol.