New Delhi: International cricket will return 117 days from the first Test match between England and West Indies starting today in Southampton and this will be the first time in the last 46 years after the practice of limited overs cricket while more than 100 days. No international matches were played till.
International cricket has come to a standstill since 15 March 2020 due to the corona virus epidemic and now it is going to start in empty stadiums in a bio safe environment between England and West Indies. Earlier the last match was played as an ODI between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.
In between ODIs and then T20 international cricket, the Test matches were played at intervals of more than 100 days, but despite the introduction of various domestic leagues, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), it never got seen in international cricket.
Earlier, no international matches were played for 114 days in 1972 and 113 in 1973. One day cricket started on 5 January 1971 but only 15 matches were played in the first 4 years. This was the reason that no match was played from 19 August 1971 to 16 February 1972. This means no match for 181 days, which is the longest interval between 2 matches in the last 5 decades.
Till limited-overs cricket was not played, then there was a long gap between 2 international matches or, say, Test cricket. The longest such gap was seen between the First and Second World Wars. During the First World War, no Test match was played for 6 years 9 months and 20 days i.e. a total of 2,485 days. Even during the second world war, there was no match for 2,414 days.
If except World War, no Test match was played from 14 August 1899 till 13 December 1901 i.e. 851 days. But then due to the war in South Africa, the Test matches played there were canceled. In the beginning of Test cricket, no match was played for many days. For example, after the second Test match between England and Australia, the third Test match was played 642 days later, while there was a gap of 613 days in the third and fourth Test matches. No matches were played between February 1883 to July 1884 for 509 days.
Due to the trend of limited-overs cricket, Test matches have not been played for more than 100 days, especially in those years when the ODI ODI Cup was held. Like last year the World Cup was played in England. Prior to this, the players were busy in the IPL and due to this, there was a gap of 131 days between 2 Tests. At present, this interval is 130 days.