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Mumbai. BCCI, the governing body for the game of cricket in India, has announced a shock retirement from test cricket, the 5-day long traditional version of the game, in order to concentrate on Twenty20, the 3-hour slam-bang version of the game. Board said that it was finding the longer version of the game too “tiresome and boring” to manage and hence thought it better to concentrate on the shorter versions.

“The five-day long schedule of test-cricket was taking a toll on the fitness level of the board, with many of the members picking up nagging injuries,” BCCI president Shashank Manohar said, “The heavy work load of test cricket could have caused some permanent injuries to us, hence we decided to call it quits.”

Malinga

The decision by the BCCI has come close on the heels of Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga quitting test cricket

Board denied that the step was taken under the lure of cash-rich IPL, the professional league for Twenty20 cricket featuring cheerleaders and Bollywood stars.

“It’s not about money, it’s about fitness,” Mr. Manohar claimed that the last two presidents of BCCI – Sharad Pawar and himself – had gained weight due to the “lazy” nature of test cricket.

The BCCI president also held test cricket responsible for the controversy of Sri Lankan cricketers playing in IPL and claimed that there wouldn’t have been any problem at all if the Sri Lankan board too had retired from the format.

But with governing bodies of cricket in other countries not yet bidding adieu to test cricket, BCCI has requested the Sports Ministry of India to take care of organizing and managing test cricket on behalf of team India.

Although the board specifically praised Twenty20 for its “energetic” nature and expressed desire to further its “career” in the same, it didn’t rule out ODIs (One Day Internationals) from it future plans.

“We hope to be around till 2015 World Cup and take part in it,” a BCCI representative confirmed, “We are definitely interested in ODIs till Sachin and Sehwag are playing.”

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  • VIP

    Holy fking shit…From where do you get such ideas man…..Great….

  • http://aptnk.in Amiya

    “The five-day long schedule of test-cricket was taking a toll on the fitness level ” – I second that…

  • Indian

    Although I get all the humour about cricket, but a sincere request PP,
    PLEASE STOP THIS MANACE ABOUT CRICKET!

    There are others who are not so keen about this ‘sport’ our country follows.
    Politics and the gossip stuff is fine. But the cricket thing is just too much.

  • Asit

    BCCI putting enormous pressure on ICC to scrap ODIs completely, so that India can have World Cup Trophy for ever. BCCI don’t want to take any risk bcoz, Sachin may not be available for next cup :)

  • http://arp-idontcare.blogspot.com arpan

    hilarious man

  • Mr. Fan

    Sarcasm at its best!!!

  • Hotu Chainani

    Have you gone stark raving mad? You are opting out of the real form of cricket, and settling for the slam-bang version? It is obvious that despite heading the board, you have no inkling what cricket is all about. Please give up your post as Chairmain and go back to growing vegetables in your back yard. That is all you are good at. What a shame, that Indian cricket has to come to this