The CoA has put cold water on BCCI’s aspirations of holding India’s first ever day-night Test. A week after BCCI’s tour, program and fixtures (TPF) committee fixed Rajkot as the host of India’s first ever day-night Test, the CoA has asked BCCI to clear various doubts before it decides.
BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was asked by the CoA to clarify (1) match playing specifications (2) playing conditions of the ICC as mentioned by GM cricket operations, Saba Karim, in the meeting and put up to CoA for consideration with all relevant facts.
The TPF’s decision was taken at a meeting here and Choudhary had sent the full home international program for 2018-19 to CoA’s head Vinod Rai for approval.
Choudhary had even obtained views of India head coach Ravi Shastri on day-night Test in India.
In a note to Shastri, Choudhary said, “It would be opportune to convert one of the games (against the West Indies) into a day-night one as long as the dew factor in Indian conditions could be taken care of, and your suggestion was to have just one of the three sessions spilling over beyond natural light necessitating a start around 12.30 p.m. rather than later.”
Shastri in turn told Choudhary, “As far as day night cricket goes, it can be tried out as an experiment with a game starting at 12 (noon) and where the last session is played under lights. It will be interesting to see how much part dew will play. Again, against a team like the West Indies it has to be played in a tier-2 city without a doubt. To get in the crowds it doesn’t matter if it’s a day game or day night game. What’s important is a tier-2 city.”
BCCI acting-president C.K. Khanna and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, CoA members Rai and Diana Edulji, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Karim have been given copies of this exchange of views.
(With Inputs from sportstarlive.com)