Soon after the rift between former India coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli, the newly-appointed coach Ravi Shastri had said that there is just one boss of the team, and that is the captain. Well, it’s quite the time for Shastri to recall his words, as his proposal for India to play a day/night Test against West Indies has been rejected by Virat Kohli and co.
India reject head coach Ravi Shastri’s pink ball proposal
It was just a day before, that the acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Amitabh Choudhary, had proposed a day/night Test between India and West Indies for later this year. And it has been reported that Ravi Shastri had told Team India that he was open to the idea of supporting the proposal.
A close source to the Team India informed that Ravi Shastri had spoken to the Indian team about the proposal to hold a day/night Test match against West Indies, but the players including Virat Kohli, didn’t find the ideat to play the pink ball Test cricket very resonating.
Indian team’s unwillingness to play pink ball Day/Night Test
As reported by DNA, the Team India players’ rationale to reject Ravi Shastri’s proposal to play the day/night Test against West Indies with the pink ball was along the lines of the below statement,
“If you play day/night Test, then the pitches need to have a bit of grass so that the pink ball doesn’t lose the seam early. And with dew also playing a big factor in India during winter, there is every possibility that the home team will lose out on home advantage.”
“It is only going to hand advantage to the visiting teams,” added the statement.
The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators’ (COA) chief, Vinod Rai, also questioned BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary’s proposal, and said that the pink ball day/night Test match cannot be rushed into, as the “players need to be taken into confidence on such issues related to them”.
However, the similar condition doesn’t apply on Indian team tour of Australia in December, where Cricket Australia head James Sutherland is eager to have one pink ball Test, either in Brisbane or in Adelaide.
BCCI hits back at the Indian team
With Virat Kohli led Team India not too willing to play the day/night Test, the BCCI is apparently not in a good mood as there is a Test series lined up against Cricket Australia as well. A BCCI official asked,
“How long can we hide behind excuses of handing over home advantage to others? We have learnt that players are wary of saying yes to a day-night Test against Australia would mean playing a game in Brisbane, which is their fortress. Is that a good enough reason to remain isolated in world cricket?”
The official compared Indian team’s refusal to play the day/night pink ball Test with an earlier apprehension towards the implementation of the DRS, and said,
“Finally, we had to accept that and the technology has proved to be helpful for cricket,” he added.
India and Bangladesh are the only two Test playing nations who have not featured in a day/night Test so far.