Making effective use of test match time

I write this 10 minutes after India lost its 3rd test match against Australia in less than half the duration of the test match - 2.5 days.

There are bigger losers besides the Indian cricket team
  • The Stadium collection, which will he half for no fault of the organizers
  • The television broadcaster, who will now need to figure out what to show, since he has blocked his time for this match
  • The advertisers who had advertised, especially for the 4th and 5th day, expecting higher viewership
  • The people, who may have set their time to view the match and are now clueless on what to do.
  • The logo and other merchandise providers, who would be denied the full-time to display their wares
I may have missed out more things...

I have a simple proposal to address this problem.

Based on the remaining time in the test match, have one or more one day or T20 matches. 
  • If the remaining time is less than the time required for a T20 match (say 4 hours), then no additional match would be played.
  • If the remaining time is more than 4 hours but less than the whole day (say, for instance the match was over one hour into the final day, then there would be one T20 match)
  • If the remaining time is more than a day but less than 2 days, there would be one 1 day match
  • If the match got over before lunch on 4th day, there would be a T20 match on 4th and a one day match on 5th day
  • If the remaining time is more than 2 days but less than 3 days, there would be 2 one day match.

For the case in question (above), there would be 2 one-day match.

The choice of the type of match is based on the time available.  Also, we do not want to introduce a new format of the match here.

What are the benefits?

All the above problems are addressed - in fact, in some cases there is added benefit.
  • The Stadium revenues remain intact.  They would not need to refund the tickets for the remaining days of the match.  In fact, they may get additional revenue for unsold tickets.  However, they would not be allowed to charge additional rates that are usually charged for 1 day or T20 matches.  This, in turn, benefits the audience, who get to see a 1 day or T20 match live in the Stadium for a lesser rate.
  • The broadcaster will not need to dig into his archives. Nor would he need to refund the money collected from the advertisers.  Like the previous paragraph, he would not be allowed to charge additional advertisement rates.  However, he can fill the unfilled advertisement slots.
  • The advertiser who had blocked slots for the 4th or 5th day, would thus ended up benefitting more since he would get the same rates for an advertisement, but shown in a 1 day and/or T20 match.
  • The audience would benefit as well, since their time set apart of the match would be put to the correct use.
There are a couple of edge cases.

Usually one day and T20 matches are under lights, while test matches are not.  What should happen in this case?

The matches should happen during the normal test match time, since this is the slot which has been blocked for this - by viewers, advertisers, broadcaster, etc.

What about coloured clothing and coloured ball?

The players can carry an additional kit of coloured clothing, based on their assessment of how long the match would last.  However, the match would be played with normal ball, since it would happen in the day.

What about remuneration to the players?

The players are paid for the entire test and not on a pro rata basis based on the duration of the match.  This being the case, they would not be paid for these 1 day or T20 matches.  However, the winning team will be, since it is not their fault that the match got earlier than planned.

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