India Tour Of Australia 2020/21: CA Wants To Host Two Day/Night Tests Against India
While India have just entered in the day/night pink-ball Test cricket arena, Cricket Australia (CA) is getting ready to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the pink-ball Test match for the 2020/21 summer when India will tour in Australia. According to a recent report from ESPNcricinfo, the CA is likely to approach BCCI not for one but for two day-night Tests in the next summer.
The last Australian summer was historical for Indian cricket. It was the first time when India won a Test series in Australia as Virat Kohli-led India won that four-match away Test series against Tim Paine-led Australia by the 2-1 margin. However, the CA was disappointed in that summer after the Indian team denied to play a day/night pink-ball Test match in that tour.
Initially, all the four Tests of that tour had been scheduled as the normal Tests. Later, the CA requested the BCCI to play one day/night pink-ball Test on that tour. But Virat Kohli-led Indian team felt that they hadn’t enough time to prepare for that unfamiliar Test match, so they denied to play the pink-ball Test match on that tour.
The first day-night pink-ball Test match was played between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide in November 2015, but India just have entered in this new generation of Test cricket. After the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has joined as the President of BCCI, he soon set India’s first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match which was against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) in the late last month. It was a very successful Test match as that game run in the jampacked stadium and India won that match by an innings and 46 runs.
Later, Indian captain Virat Kohli has claimed that they will agree to play the day/night pink-ball Test match in future if they get proper preparation.
Since then, the CA members have started their preparation to organise the day/night Test match against the present no.1 Test ranked side India when they will tour in Australia in 2020/21 summer. According to the FTP schedule, India will play a four-match Test series in this Australia tour between November 2020 and January 2021.
It can be the first time when a Test series will run with more than one day/night Test
When Australia will tour in India in next month for the three-match ODI series, the CA members will talk with the BCCI members for the next Test series in Australia. During this meeting, the CA members will put the proposal of day/night pink-ball Test match for the next Australian summer.
However, one CA delegation has recently revealed to ESPNcricinfo that the CA members are planning to host two day-night pink-ball Test matches during the four-match Test series against India in the next summer. If the BCCI agrees with this proposal, then it is likely to be the first-ever Test series which have more than one day/night Test match.
Till the date, we have seen 13 day-night Test matches, and another day/night Test match will be played in this month at Perth between Australia and New Zealand.
The four-match Test series during India tour of Australia 2020/21 will be the part of 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. India are currently leading the points table of 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship with 360 points as they have won all their seven Tests (three series) in this competition. Meanwhile, Australia are in the second position in this list with 176 points after playing seven Tests (two series).
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