Cricket - Featured - January 14, 2020

Day/Night Test for India down under?

The Indian cricket team might play at least one Day/Night Test during its Australia tour. India is set to tour Australia later this year. Skipper Virat Kohli has also said that he is open to the idea of playing a Day/Night Test down under. An informal meeting took place in Mumbai on Monday. It involved BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah. They met the top officials of Cricket Australia(CA) and also England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB). The meeting was to address a range of policy issues related to ICC’s proposal of four-day Tests. One global meet per year, a four-nation super series involving the Big Three and also Day/Night Test were the other discussions. 

No one is ready to come out on the record. However, both BCCI and CA seem to be on the same page as far as playing a Day/Night Test in Australia is concerned. 

During the 2018-19 tour, Cricket Australia failed to convince India to play a pink ball Test. The lack of experience with the pink ball under lights was the reason that the Indian team management gave. 

However, as Sourav Ganguly took over the BCCI president post, India soon played its first Day/Night Test. India hosted Bangladesh in its first ever pink-ball Test. This prompted Cricket Australia to pitch a day/night Test during the upcoming tour. 

The modalities are yet to be finalised but chances look bright that India will play a Test match under lights during their next tour of Australia,” a senior BCCI functionary told PTI on the condition of anonymity. 

There has to be planning for a pink-ball game,” Kohli said. “We’re playing in home conditions, but if you ask the Bangladesh team, they’d have also liked a practice game. Because we know our conditions and the bowlers are really bowling well, so we don’t really feel the challenge or the things that are different about pink-ball cricket. Maybe when we play away from home we will figure out what could be even more difficult while playing with the pink ball. I think with a good practice game before that and enough time to prepare, we’re open to doing anything. You can’t just play it on short notice, like I mentioned last time.”

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