West Indies star Chris Gayle talks in support of day-night Test matches
The longest format of the game, the test format, has lost its popularity in recent times especially with the rise of the T20 format of the sport.
But the fact that it is the most challenging format of cricket has seen the International Cricket Council along with the boards of various countries take steps to get the format back to its best.
One such innovation in the format has been the use of a pink ball under the lights.
With a normal test match losing a lot of entertainment value in recent times, the ICC has decided that introducing a new form of the game in which the players play 5-day cricket under lights with the dynamics of a completely new pink ball, will increase the viewership.
And they were not wrong after the numbers that came out of the first ever day-night test match between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide in November last year.
The increase in viewership for that game has seen other countries follow suit with India likely to play a day-night test against Pakistan this year.
The BCCI is also reportedly planning to play one against Australia next year and the likes of Sri Lank a and Bangladesh are not too far away from implementing the idea.
A star West Indies batsman and T20 World Cup winner Chris Gayle has come out in support of this idea.
Gayle said in a recent interview that the innovations in cricket will surely help increase the popularity of the game all over the world.
“It’s going to be different for the fans (but) I don’t see any reason why the concept can’t take off and be as successful as the shorter forms of the game,” the RCB batsman said.
He scored 7,214 runs in 103 tests before playing his last test against Bangladesh in 2014 and has hit the nail right on his head.
The T20 format’s popularity exceeded expectations and with the Test format of the game still the most challenging, there is no doubt that the pink-ball test matches are going to get the viewers closer to the game.
Do you think day/night test matches can get the longest format of the game back to its best?
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