BCCI as per recent reports in Times of India, has denied playing day-night Test against Australia and West Indies in thier upcoming series. TOI has learnt that even as Cricket Australia (CA) is looking forward to hosting the Indian team for a day and night Test in Adelaide later this year, the BCCI has put its foot down on the very idea of playing five-day cricket under lights. This is simply because it doesn’t see any future for the concept.
The ICC Test Championships, to be introduced after the 2019 ICC World Cup, has not included four-day Tests, pink-ball cricket or Day-Night Tests. Sources in the know of things said: “If the ICC board has completely disregarded it, why should the onus be on the BCCI to participate in the concept?”
India have also decided to do away with the idea of hosting a day-night Test against the West Indies in October this year. “The BCCI doesn’t see any point in pursuing with the idea of a day-night Test at all,” sources added.
The BCCI’s Tours and Fixtures Committee had zeroed in on Rajkot as the venue that will host the first of the two Tests against the West Indies in October under lights. The idea was for the players to gain some kind of experience playing with the pink ball under lights. “The idea was to set a precedent but now there’s no need for it. There’s no need for any practice either because India is neither going to play the Adelaide Test under lights nor any (such matches) in the future,” said those in the know of developments.
Team India has opted Adelaide as their favorite Australian ground which incidentally will also host the first Test match of the series. As per TOI, India will play their first practice match in Sydney.