Mickey Arthur Not Amused With Pink-Ball Tests; Says Change is Required
After an idea of bringing the Day-Night Test match came up, everyone seemed excited and thrilled. Cricket Australia, who took the initiative to launch the newest format of the game in November 2015, made it look successful with a number of footfalls and surely with the Television viewership.
However, there is a section in cricket community who don’t seem eager to accept it with open arms and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has made the list.
Not only him, former Aussie pacer Ryan Harris too raised some questions earlier, on the application of the format and balance between bat and ball.
Pakistan on Thursday succumbed to their worst collapses in recent past, losing seven wickets for just 24 runs against Australia in the fourth ever Day & Night Tests at Brisbane. Appearing livid with the performance, Arthur said their side was denied a level playing field in the Test match and was rather surprised by the cricket pundits to opt for a pink-ball game.
“I think there are (still problems with day-night Tests). It’s not an even playing field. You walk out at 1 pm in glorious conditions like this; it’s a totally different ball game to opening at 6 pm. So there are still issues around it, I think, definitely. I was surprised that they had it at the Gabba. I thought that was the one place where conditions might be extreme. In Adelaide, it seems to be good, although the ball still goes around.”
Mickey Arthur was earlier sacked by the Cricket Australia on the eve of 2013 Ashes, termed the concept as the future. Getting success against West Indies in the Dubai, Pakistan’s first D/N Test, Arthur said the funnily the pink-ball did not do much over their either.
CA chief James Sunderland prior to this Test suggested that he is looking forward more Day-Night Test matches at the Gabba in future.
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