The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is excited and ready to host the first ever day-night Test in India, if they are asked to do so by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
A few days ago there were reports that Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is in the fray to host India’s first day-night Test after it emerged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proposed the idea to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The talks between the two boards are still on as ECB has still not confirmed if they’re willing to play a day-night Test on sub-continental pitches.
It is learnt that BCCI’s decision to approach England came after New Zealand were not willing to play a day-night match in Indian conditions.
MCA’s Joint Hon Secretary PV Shetty welcomed the news, saying it will boost the oldest format of the game.
“Day-night Test cricket is a real good idea and I think it will be good not just for cricketers, but for the crowd too. We (MCA) are very excited about day-night Test and if we get a chance to host the first one in India, we will be more than happy to do so,” Shetty said on the sidelines of the 75th Seth Gordhandas Karsandas Shield cricket tournament’s prize distribution function at Khar Gymkhana recently.
Shetty said that the stadium is well equipped to host the match.
“We have all the facilities and we are ready to play host. I don’t think there should be any problem at all to host a day-night Test at Wankhede,” added Shetty.
Meanwhile, MCA president Sharad Pawar and MCA vice-president and former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar will not be attending BCCI’s working committee meeting at Dharamsala on June 24.
“MCA vice president Ashish Shelar will be representing MCA at the Working Committee this time,” MCA sources confirmed.