Australia could play a day-night test when they return to India next year. Cricket Australia chief executive,James Sutherland, said Indian authorities are already planning to hold a day-night encounter between Australia and India next year.
India are planning to host their first pink ball Test against New Zealand later this year as the concept continues to gain momentum in the aftermath of the successful inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval last November.
“I think there’s certainly some positive signals coming out of India and other parts of the world (regarding day-night Tests),” Sutherland said on Big Sports Breakfast radio. “Indicatively they’ve started to talking to us about the prospect of playing a day-night Test match against Australia when Australia tours in February and March of next year. “That’s just a pretty strong indicator of where things are at.
“When you look at the big picture it’s probably not surprising because day-night Test cricket is just a no-brainer really, giving more opportunities for fans to get along to the cricket and watch it on TV.”
Sutherland also said that he is quite optimistic about the day-night test against South Africa in Adelaide,although South Africa is yet to confirm it.
“At our end we’re all systems go for Adelaide as a day-night Test match,” Sutherland said.
“We’re still working on a couple of things with our South African colleagues and their players’ association, but I’m very optimistic we’ll get there. “I think there’s a huge level of expectation in Adelaide after the success of last year – 124,000 people in three days of Test cricket. It’s a compelling proposition: you’ve just got to make it happen.”
With BCCI taking the concept of the day-night test very excitedly, one can say that the future of day-night test looks quite bright. In recent times, fans are losing interest in test cricket and this experiment can give it a boost to survive.