South Africa agree to play day-night Test in Australia

The much anticipated inaugural Day-Night Test in India which was scheduled to take place in the series against New Zealand may not see the daylight at all. The latest schedule put out on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official website hints that. All the three matches will start at 9.30 IST, as per the schedule.

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The 2nd Test of the three- match series will take place at Eden Gardens Kolkata, which was said to be gearing up for the first ever day-night international Test match in India. Ironically a few weeks ago Eden hosted the first ever Day-Night pink ball domestic game between city clubs Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore. New Zealand will be playing 3 Tests and as many as 5 ODIs against India.

New Zealand will be playing 3 Tests and as many as 5 ODIs against India.

India have an extremely busy schedule ahead with 17 Tests lined up till March 2017, during this period they also have to play a  total of 8 ODIs and 3 T20I matches.

New Zealand’s tour of India 2016 begins on September 22 with the three-Test series, which will be followed by five ODIs. New Zealand’s tour of India will stretch little more than a month, ending on October 29.  There were a few reports suggesting that New Zealand had backed out of the day-night Test, but the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have quashed all such reports saying they have not declined playing the day-night Test against India.

However, on Tuesday few reports emerged suggesting that New Zealand had ultimately backed out of the day-night Test, but the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have ruled out all such speculations saying they are still eager to play the day-night Test against India.

BCCI also claimed earlier that plans to host a first day-night Test in India later this year remain intact, but the latest scheduled board has announced today doesn’t support that claim. If the plan is still intact then why the Eden Test scheduled to start at 9.30 in the morning?

In April, BCCI announced that one match of a three-Test series against New Zealand would be a day-night affair, pending trials of the pink-ball in a domestic tournament, with Kolkata’s Eden Gardens a popular choice for the contest. The domestic experiment at Eden earlier this month proved quite impressive despite mixed reactions from the players.

Subsequently, reports emerged that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were wary of the dew factor and ground conditions in India during the series scheduled to start in September and had conveyed their reluctance to BCCI officials.

But a NZC spokesman confirmed New Zealand, who played the first pink-ball Test against Australia in November, were committed to a day-night Test in India.

“NZC has taken the precaution of contacting the BCCI to advise statements in the article regarding a day-night test are in no way representative of our position, and that no such comments have been made by our Board,” the spokesperson told a few days ago.

Questions still remain over the fate of the day-night Test between India and New Zeeland.

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