Indian Cricket Team and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been receiving heavy criticism from many cricket greats for refusing Cricket Australia’s (CA) proposal to play at least one Day-Night Test of their upcoming series in Australia later this year.
Australia and India are all set to play 3 T20 Internationals, 3 One Day Internationals and four Test matches in November 2018. Australia wanted to host India for a Day - Night Test in Adelaide but BCCI has declined the same that they are not ready for it as yet.
Following their refusal, India is being criticized for playing their comfort zone to win matches in Australia, and even former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh called their move “a little bit selfish” but CoA Chief Vinod Rai doesn’t think the BCCI has taken the wrong decision to reject CA’s D/N proposal.
As per reports in India Today, Rai said at Boria Majumdar's book launch in Delhi, “What's wrong in us wanting to win all the matches? Any team that steps out on a pitch wants to win. 30 years back they said India play Test matches only to draw but they don't say that anymore.”
The cricket administrator further added, “Till the time Indian players say that they are ready to play day-night matches there will be no day-night matches that India will play.”
Meanwhile, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri also defended that decision, saying the Board will do everything possible to help India continue winning across the world.
Mr. Johri signed off by saying, “Who we play, when we play, where we play and how we play is our prerogative. We will back everything for the Indian team to play to win.”
Noteworthy, India and Bangladesh are the only top cricket playing nations who are yet to make the history by featuring in a day-night affair.