Day-night tests are making headlines as more and more teams are looking to play the new innovation made for the longest format of the game.
The latest to join the list are West Indies and Pakistan who agreed to play a pink ball day-night test match in UAE in the month of September this year.
The West Indies Cricket Board who were initially reluctant to play despite PCB’s offer has agreed to play the match as PCB has offered them practice match and training sessions under lights which changed their stance.
The tour will now have three tests, three ODIs and three T20Is which was initially supposed to be two tests, five ODIs, and two T20Is.
The ICC have been trying new ideas to make sure that other formats survive as well as T20 format got the pulse of the audience over the past few years which in turn affected the crowds to both Tests and ODIs.
Pink ball day-night cricket is one such thing which has drawn the attention of cricket supporters all around the world last year when Australia hosted New Zealand and eventually prevailed with 208 run win.
In a bid to reinvent the longer format of the game, cricket boards have come forward to host and play day-night tests and more day-night tests are expected to be played this year as India, South Africa, New Zealand, England are all interested in playing.
Sourav Ganguly who is one of the ardent supporters of day-night tests have taken a huge step forward as he is currently hosting a day-night Superleague final in Eden Gardens with a pink ball.
He said, “Pink ball, to me, is the way forward. Firstly, with common sense, it gets people to the ground after work. You finish work at 5pm and then you come in the evening, spend a few hours, watch cricket and go back. Test match cricket is also played at a faster pace than what it used to be. You have got to market it.
You have got to find a way to bring people into the ground. Everything in life needs innovation. This [day-night Test cricket] is here to stay. It has got to be told to the people, like we sell IPL, like we sell T20 cricket like we sell one-day cricket – that come have fun and go. Test cricket has to go that way.”