- BCCI are mulling to experiment with the day-night Test cricket format when the Windies tour India later this year in October
- BCCI’s general manager of cricket operations, Saba Karim, informed that the new format was being pondered over to revive Test cricket
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is pondering over hosting a day-night Test cricket match against Windies, when they tour India later this year in October. BCCI’s general manager of cricket operations, Saba Karim, informed that the Indian cricket board was trying to experiment with day-night Test matches as the newly-introduced format has been making waves in Australia and South Africa.
A bid to rescue Test cricket by the BCCI?
The Indian cricket team could be on the verge of playing it’s first ever day-night Test match in October, as Windies are scheduled to visit India for a full fledged tour; three-match Test series, five-match ODI series, and one T20 match.
As reported by Crictracker, day-night Test was one of the suggestions made by the International Cricket Council (ICC), in a bid to save Test cricket from getting lost into obscurity. The main distinctions between a traditional Test cricket match and day-night Test cricket match are the timings and the difference in the type of ball used. While the traditional Test cricket involves a red ball, the day-night Test cricket uses a pink ball, which is made to suit the cricketers while playing under the floodlights.
As reported by the Times of India, Saba Karim spoke about the reason to host India’s first ever day-night Test cricket match, and said,
“There is a strong reason why we should have day-night Tests. If you look at it from a global perspective, then there are other nations who have gone ahead and played day-night Tests with some excellent results. They drew a large attendance.”
“The ICC I believe has come up with a statement that all of us need to sit together to work out a system to save Test cricket. One of the suggestions was to have day-night Tests.”
With the spreading influence of Twenty20 cricket, the oldest and often touted as the ‘purest’ format of the game, Test cricket, has been slowly yet seemingly losing its value. To suit the work-friendly hours of the audiences so that the ratings see a hike, the day-night Test format seems like a good option, which is why BCCI has been mulling over it of late.
The last day-night Test was played between South Africa and Zimbabwe in December 2017 in Port Elizabeth, which South Africa won inside two days.
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