India Agree To Play Two More Day/Night Pink-Ball Tests
In late this year, India will tour Australia for the international series as well as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. During the Test series of this tour, India will play a day/night pink-ball Test as they have agreed to play it. Later, in the early next year, during the home Test series against England, India will play another day/night pink-ball Test match. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have given green signals for both these matches.
When India toured in Australia in 2018/19 season, they played the four-match Test series along with the other limited-overs series. Ahead of that Test series, the Cricket Australia (CA) asked the Indian team to play a day/night Test.
However, the Indian team denied playing a day/night pink-ball Test on that tour due to lack of time for the preparation. At that time, India hadn’t played a day/night pink-ball Test match yet. Meanwhile, Australia already played the day/night pink-ball Test for four times and won all those matches.
After Sourav Ganguly became BCCI President last October, he arranged India’s first day/night pink-ball Test match. It was the Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) in late November.
Later, the Indian captain Virat Kohli also agreed to play the day/night pink-ball Test match in future if they get enough preparation time.
The latest media reports are claiming that India are likely to play one day/night pink-ball Test match during their Australia tour in 2020/21 summer.
A BCCI source told PTI, “India are most likely to play a day/night Test during the Australia tour.”
In this upcoming tour, they will play the four-match Test series, likely from late November. This Test series will be the part of 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.
During India tour of Australia 2018/19, India won the four-match Test series by the 2-1 margin. It was India’s first-ever Test series victory in Australia.
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On the other hand, after the completion of the next Australia tour, England will visit in India for the five-match Test series. This Test series will also be the part of 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. While the home Test series against England is likely to begin in the middle of January 2021, they will play one day/night pink-ball Test match during that series.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly recently said after the Apex Council meeting in Delhi,“Day-night Test will happen and we will make a public announcement — the second Test against England next year. Yes, against Australia also.”
While Kolkata hosted India’s first day/night pink-ball Test match, refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium (Ahmedabad) is the front runner to host the next day/night pink-ball Test match in this country.
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