Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri against playing the Day/Night Test in Australia

India were suppose to play the historic Adelaide day/night test.

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According to reports, it is the Indian team management, led by Captain Virat Kohli and Coach Ravi Shastri, that is against playing any Day/Night fixture in Australia come the winter test tour of the country for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

And so, The Board of Control for Cricket in India has made a decision after consulting the team management for the same that there will be no Day/Night Test in Adelaide played by India. Adelaide has been hosting the marquee event in Test cricket calendar for the Australian Summer since 2015. 

A BCCI official according to India Today was quoted saying, "The BCCI COA (Committee of Administrators) had sought the opinion of coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli on the matter. And they are not keen to give any advantage to Australia."

"Adelaide may well host the first Test of the tour and the moving pink ball would become their best bet to win,"  

Australia has won all the four day-night Test matches they have hosted against New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and England. Three of these happened at the Adelaide Oval.

India has a poor overseas test record and has won only five of their 44 tests in Australia. That may have a lot to do with BCCI and Team India's scepticism despite the fact that Australia will be playing that series without their two batting stalwarts in Steve Smith and David Warner.

The BCCI tours and fixtures committee, which also included former skipper Sourav Ganguly, has proposed BCCI to play one of the two Tests vs West Indies this Indian home season as a Day-Night Test. This development might put that in jeopardy too. 

India and Bangladesh remain the only leading Test nations not to have hosted or even featured in a day-night Test.

Test cricket needs the "Pink" of health.


By Kashish Chadha - 25 Apr, 2018

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