No Day/Night Test in Adelaide, confirms Cricket Australia

India will tour Australia later this year.

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Refusal of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to play under floodlights has forced the Australian Cricket Board (CA) to scrap the idea of playing the Test series opener as a Day/Night affair in Adelaide, as it will be now played with the red ball as per the traditional format of the game.

Earlier, Cricket Australia had proposed a day-night Test in Adelaide, which will be the opener of the four-match Test series starting from  December 6, but India is not ready to play the pink-ball cricket at the moment. With the effect, Australia has confirmed now that “the Adelaide Test match will be a day format”.

As per reports in AFP, CA said in a statement, “We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night Test in Adelaide this summer. As a result, we can now confirm this Test match will be a day format.”

Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team are yet to make history, as they are continuously refusing to play a pink-ball Test as they want at least one year to prepare for it.

Meanwhile, Australia believes that the day-night Test cricket is a more television-friendly format and possibly it could help in saving the traditional format of the game.

On the other hand, CA chief James Sutherland said Australia is eyeing to play a day-night Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in January. 

Sutherland signed off by saying, “We are committed to hosting at least one day-night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket.”

 

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 08 May, 2018

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