Sourav Ganguly believes Day-Night Tests will save the longest format of the game

Ganguly spoke in favor of Pink Ball cricket in Lord's on the occasion of his book launch.

New Zealand players in a team huddle in a day-night test match against England | MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly made it clear that the Day-Night Test match is the future of cricket in whites. Speaking at his book launch event in Lord's, Ganguly, alongside with Kumar Sangakkara, Mike Gatting and Mike Atherton, put up a point on saving Test cricket.

He said pink ball cricket is the savior and others agreed with him.

The president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Ganguly had made India's iconic stadium, Eden Gardens to host the first pink ball match in India.

It was the CAB super league final between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore back in 2016. “We hosted nine IPL games last year and every game was full. People never got tired; they just turned up game after game. There’s a sea change in cricket and people have started liking the shortest format of the game,” said Ganguly.

The 46-year-old said it is time to give Day-Night Test importance, as it will save the longest format of the game. “The challenge is being in the stands for five days, that’s why I believe Day-Night Test is the way forward. Everyone works, you can’t just get out of office all the time. Test cricket needs to be revisited. We have to understand times have changed and we have to move with the times. Selling Test cricket nowadays other than England is a huge, huge challenge.”

Surprisingly, the Indian cricket team had refused to play Day-Night Test cricket in Australia later this year. The current ICC Playing Conditions says a home nation can only host a day-night Test match "with the agreement of the Visiting Board" and India has confirmed that they want the match played with a traditional red ball and not under the lights.


By Sihyeu Singh - 11 Jul, 2018

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