The inaugural pink ball Test in India may not happen this season. As per a report in TOI, captain Virat Kohli is not rushing into pink/ball Test, which could see India not playing day/night Test this season,
“Initially, even Kohli wasn’t sure about the long-term impact of playing day-night Test without having a proper trial of it. But now, both Kohli and Shastri are in agreement that Indian should not rush into day-night Test just as yet,” a source told TOI.
Earlier, there were reports that India will play a pink ball Test against Windies in the coming season. In fact, Cricket West Indies had also agreed to play the contest in India.
Ravi Shastri, India’s Head Coach, had given a green signal to it already. The last decision to agree to play the game was on the team, and the team seems not to be ready to play the game.
A meeting between team management and COA is expected to take place this week, the report suggests.
One of the major reasons for India not willing to play pink ball Test is that many players haven’t played with it. In fact, skipper Kohli is yet to play any competitive match with the pink ball.
India A have though played a couple of games with it, but Kohli is yet to play with it, the major reason for delaying the staging of pink ball Test.
With Cricket Australia set to host India in a pink ball Test during the comings season, there are hopes that India would make pink ball debut there only.
The India fans might have to wait 2019/20 season to witness a pink ball Test being played in India.
Team India’s next season kicks off in June with India hosting Afghanistan in their first ever Test match. Following that, India will travel to Ireland and England.
On return from there, a home series against Windies is scheduled, where India might play a pink ball Test.
A tour of Australia and New Zealand will follow.
On return back home, India will host Australia and Zimbabwe to mark the end of the season.
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