Australia and New Zealand played the first ever day-night test last November at Adelaide Oval. After that, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play day-night tests this year while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are considering following suit pending the results of domestic trials.
Now, England will host their first day-night test. ECB chairman Colin Graves has confirmed that the country will host a twilight test. “You can’t turn your back on it, it will happen,” England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Graves told. “We just have to decide when it is going to happen. We’re doing a lot of work on it and we’d love to see day-night cricket,” he added.
England have also attempted a minor shake-up by proposing a points-based system to determine the winner of their home series against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday. The points-based system is aimed at injecting more excitement into the tour and add context to matches that otherwise maybe of merely academic interests.
Graves said work needed to be done to make the longest format more exciting and relevant. “We have to make test cricket meaningful and we have to put some ‘oomph’ behind it,” Graves said. “Test cricket is safe if we do something about it, but I don’t think it is safe if we do nothing. That is not an option. The International Cricket Council are looking at it and the other countries are looking at it,” he said.