Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI’s) decision to host the first Day-Night Test in India is not possible without testing the pink ball match in Duleep Trophy.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said in April that India and New Zealand will play a day-night match in the three-match series in September-October but now all games will be a day affair.
“The BCCI always maintained that it will organise a day-night Test after experimenting in Duleep Trophy. You can’t go ahead with a big game like that without testing the conditions, without getting feedback from all stakeholders including the players,” BCCI Jt Secretary Amitabh Choudhary told PTI.
The Duleep Trophy will be played with the pink ball under the flood lights. The tournament is expected to take place before the first Test against New Zealand and most of the top players are likely to feature in the First Class game.
With the day-night game against the Kiwis out of the window, the historic match can now be played against either England or Australia. England and Australia will play five Test and four Tests series respectively in India. So between these two teams, India will try to play one-day night Test.
When asked about the possibility of the day-night Test against England or Australia, Choudhary said, “Well, as I said, we will take a call on it after the experiment in Duleep Trophy.
You have to be hundred percent prepared for organising something that has never been done in India before.”
Choudhury also said his ground in Ranchi is also ready for the first Test in the history of the ground.
Sources in the NZC said the Black Caps were ready to play the series, but, BCCI’s decision of deferring the day-night Test though some reports have suggested that they were reluctant to play with a pink ball under lights in India.
“It was a big moment for the people in Australia and New Zealand when the first-ever day-night Test was played. So NZC understands how important it is for India and it makes a lot of sense to test the conditions in domestic cricket before going ahead with the game. It is not easy to get it right straightaway. You have to make sure all stakeholders are comfortable with it, most importantly the players and the fans,” the source said.
“And let me tell you there is no animosity between the two boards (NZC and BCCI) over the matter. When the time comes, we are sure that India will be part of a memorable game,” the source added.
In 2015, at the Adelaide Oval Australia and New Zealand played the first ever day-night Test.
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