Since Sourav Ganguly has joined as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he has aggressively tried to promote the day/night pink-ball Test cricket in India, which he supports from the beginning. While India already their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test cricket, Cricket Australia (CA) is now eagerly looking to host at least one day/night pink-ball Test match during India’s next Australia tour in next summer. CA CEO Kevin Roberts is confident that the Indian board will give the green signal for this day/night pink-ball Test match for the next summer.
After Sourav Ganguly started his regime as the BCCI President, he quickly set up India’s first-ever day/night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). While Ganguly tried almost everything to make this process successful, the cricket fans enjoyed it widely as India-Bangladesh played in a jam-packed cricket stadium, a rare picture in the present Indian Test cricket.
Since then, the CA is eagerly looking to convince the BCCI for at least one day/night pink-ball Test match when India will travel in Australia in the next summer for the four-match Test series. The Test series will also be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. When Australia will tour in India in the next month for the three-match ODI series, the CA will talk about the Test series schedule for the 2020/21 Australian home summer.
CA CEO is very confident
When India toured in Australia in 2018/19, they denied playing a day/night pink-ball Test match in that tour due to lack of time for the practice for this new cricket. However, the CA CEO now feels that the Indian team will accept their day/night Test offer for the next season. While India are leading the points table of 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship by winning all the seven games of this tournament, the CA CEO believes that it will be easy now to convince the BCCI as India are very close to secure their spot for the final match of this Test Championship.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Kevin Roberts said, “I absolutely believe we should be playing one pink-ball Test in the Indian series next year. India to their credit are doing very well in this World Test Championship, and it’s highly likely that they will make the final in 2021.
“I suspect that will make it easier to schedule a day-night Test next season if India have relative certainty of making the WTC final, then there is less reason not to play a day-night Test and more reason to play one.”
The CA CEO Kevin Roberts has also pointed out the huge success of India’s first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match.
He added, “Also with Sourav Ganguly coming into the presidency of the BCCI, he’s been very proactive in scheduling the first day-night Test in India, and we saw that was a sellout in three days, which is very different to what the previous day series have looked at in terms of ticket sales. There is an openness from India and an understanding that it is good for cricket.”
Don’t see India being opposed to any venue – Kevin Roberts
In the last Australia tour in 2018/19, India started the Test series from Adelaide Oval (Adelaide). However, the CA is keen to begin the next home Test series against India with the Gabba Test (Brisbane) where Australia have never suffered a Test defeat since 1988.
Roberts feels that the BCCI will have no issue to start the Test series from Brisbane.
He said, “I don’t see India being opposed to that, there is a lot to work through. But I don’t see India being opposed to any venue.”
The CA also has a plan to host two day/night Test matches during India’s next Test tour of Australia. However, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has recently clarified that the two pink-ball Tests in the four-match Test series is too much at the present condition.