- Ravi Shastri says that Team India is still not ready to play day-night test matches.
- Indian coach Ravi Shastri met with COA earlier in the year and advocated that India do not need to need to host a day-night test this year and will also not play day-night test on their tour of Australia.
Indian coach Ravi Shastri recently met with Committee of Administrators (CoA) supervising the affairs who are supervising the affairs of BCCI and suggested that the team is still not ready to play Day-Night/Pink Ball test matches and advocated to not host the Day-night test against West Indies later this year and confirmed that India will not play the day-night test on their upcoming tour of Australia. Cricket Australia wanted the Adelaide test to be a day-night test match but Indian coach Ravi Shastri has distanced his team from playing any day-night test matches in coming years.
According to ICC’s newly proposed Test championship cycle, Day-night test matches are not part of the scheduling for next four years. ICC’s new proposal comes in effect from June 2019 and there are no pink-ball cricket until the year 2023 which was another reason for Indian coach Ravi Shastri to take his time before his team ends up playing the day-night test match in recent future.
COA revealed earlier today that a conversation with the Indian coach was held and despite BCCI’s win to play a day-night test this year, Shastri and team were not in sync.
According to Times of India, the content of the letter read “The CoA had a discussion with the head coach of the senior men’s team on April 12, during which he apprised the committee that whilst the team and the management are not averse to playing Day-Night Tests, they want sufficient preparation time.”