James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO, has come out and stated that India is refusing to play a day-night Test during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy later this year because of their desperation to ensure they don't stumble in trying to win their first test series in Australia.
Sutherland was recently quoted saying to SEN Radio that, “I think personally the home country should have the right to schedule matches as it sees fit and start them at whatever time of day they want,”
He further said, “India may or may not come around to that idea for this tour but I still believe it’s the way of the future. I think everyone in world cricket knows that, to be frank, I think they want to come out here and beat us. There’s a sense, or a reality, that Australia has won each of the pink-ball Test matches that have played in Australia and there may be a sense that it gives us a bit of an advantage,”
CoA chief Rai was also quoted saying about the issue, to the PTI, he said: “I don’t think BCCI’s stand will change. As it has already been decided, Day/Night pink ball matches will continue at the first-class level. Duleep Trophy will be played under lights once again.”
“I don’t see this as a reason for friction (between boards). Playing condition is something that both the boards sit and decide upon. Obviously, whatever happens, is agreed mutually. But let me make it clear once again, there won’t be any pink ball Test involving India,”