With test cricket declining rapidly since the last few years, it is essential to take the desired steps to reintegrate the format back to its position. Barring the exception of a couple of nations, test matches have been played in front of empty and deserted stands in recent times. In order to find a solution to this, Cricket Australia (CA) came up with an innovative move last year by playing a Day and Night test against New Zealand.
The move did wonders as the Adelaide test witnessed a record crowd attendance. The decision of having test matches under lights has been supported by quite a few cricket boards. In a recent move, subcontinent giants India and Pakistan also agreed to play tests under lights. Along with the Trans-Tasman rivals, the tally of nations supporting D/N tests has risen up to 4.
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland was glad at the positive response which cricket boards gave to the concept of D/N tests. In his interaction with cricket.com.au, he said, “There is a very broad-ranging commitment to Day-Night Test cricket.” “Three or four member countries are planning on hosting Test cricket under lights in the course of the next 12 months.”
Sutherland also added that in the time to follow, other cricket boards will accept D/N tests as well. “Other countries subject to ensuring their lights have the appropriate are interested,” he said. “To a person, full member countries and their CEOs stated their absolute support for Test cricket being played under lights.” “It was reiterated that administrators must embrace innovation and understand the demands and expectations of the spectators and fans, keeping alive and growing interest in the traditional format of the game,” Sutherland said.
Speaking about Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) indecision on playing the D/N test later this year at Adelaide, Sutherland said, “I continue to be optimistic about the Adelaide Test match being played as a day-night Test match.” “It’s a big opportunity. It will be a bigger crowd than the South African players have ever seen before. “We probably won’t see any firm decisions on that until after IPL is over and their players get back home. “Things are heading in the right direction.”