India reject Australia day-night Test

No day-night Test in Australia: BCCI to Cricket Australia
No Day-Night Test vs Australia: BCCI
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09 May, 2018

The Indian cricket team hesitated for playing under floodlights.

After Adelaide, Australia's four-match series against India moves to Perth Stadium - for the venue's maiden Test - before Melbourne and Sydney host the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Test matches.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially informed Cricket Australia that India will not play any Day/Night Test match on their tour Down Under at the end of this year.

India is one of only two current Test-playing nations to avoid playing pink ball cricket at the worldwide level, with Bangladesh being the other.

Cricket Australia had been in discussions with the Indian cricket board to stage a day-night Test at Adelaide Oval.

The late start, finish and pink ball are still novelties in the five-day form of the game, and many believe that the day-night format is a way to revive interest in Test cricket in a cricketing era increasingly in thrall to the quick hits of Twenty20.

For this summer at least, the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval is off.

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The ICC Playing Conditions state that a home nation can only host a day-night Test match "with the agreement of the Visiting Board".

"Under the circumstances, I regret to say the proposed day-night Test can not be played and all Tests will have to have the conventional structure".

The BCCI have also confirmed they want the match to played with a red ball.

Vinod Rai went on to express his doubts about the pink ball itself being used in Duke and Kookaburra. Australia has not lost a single Test match under lights played at home.

Nine was heavily involved in the World Series Cricket saga at the behest of then boss Kerry Packer and is widely credited with playing a major role in shaping coverage of the game as it is known today.

Since the historic first day-night clash against New Zealand in 2015, Australia have played in four pink-ball Tests, and have won all of them.

According to Sutherland, Australia would still play a day-night Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in January 2019.


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