CA Are Hopeful Of Hosting India In Day-Night Test Match Next Summer
Cricket Australia are hopeful to invite Team India to play in the day-night test match next summer. The Indian team are due to tour Australia next summer as part of FTP schedule.
The audience has warmly welcomed day-night Tests, and Cricket Australia is the leading board who is making a move for more day-night test matches in the future.
Most of the cricket boards have already played in a day-night test match so far as these games manage to draw huge crowds once again to longest format. However, BCCI have expressed their reservations over playing with pink ball and are yet to play in a day-night Test match.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has revealed that the board decided to play at least one day-night test match in every Australian summer.
“I would anticipate there’s not going to be too much problem there,” Sutherland said.
“As we’ve discussed at ICC level, it’s very much in the hands of the home country to make judgments on what they think is best. Certainly it’s pretty well telegraphed that from our perspective we’d be playing at least one day-night Test match every summer.”
Australia are scheduled to play Sri Lanka and India in the upcoming summer. The Islanders will play two tests while India are set to take part in four test matches. Sutherland explained that a decision over the number of day night test games for the next summer would be made in the coming weeks.
“Certainly India, we would expect to draw a bigger crowd (compared to Sri Lanka),” Sutherland pointed out.
“That will be the first four Tests of the summer. It’s not all about that, it’s also about how it fits, there’s considerations like weather in different parts of the country at different times of the year. They’re all the things we need to balance and make a call on over the course of the next few weeks before announcing that final schedule.”
He also pointed out that Adelaide Oval is the main venue for the board to host a day-night test game. However, he also reminded that Brisbane’s Gabba remains as the other option as the two venues had successfully hosted day-night test games in Australia.
“Certainly we’ve always felt Adelaide is the natural venue for day-night Test cricket,” he noted. “We played in Brisbane as well and I think that’s worked well, we didn’t do it this year for an Ashes but I think going forward we would see at least Brisbane and Adelaide as being day-night Test venues. “I know (Australia Day) is a very traditional timeline for Adelaide and the South Australian Cricket Association and this stadium, but at the same time they’re also becoming increasingly attracted to this day-night Test match at this time of year. We’ll obviously talk that through with them and with others who have an interest in hosting an Indian Test and a Sri Lankan Test and make a conclusion on that in the coming weeks.”
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