After Australia, India is set to host the “historic pink-ball” test later this year. BCCI secretary confirmed the reports, yesterday, as the host country will play their first day-night test against New Zealand.
New Zealand would play a three-match test series in the sub-continent with limited-over series was yet to be confirmed.
As per the cricket.com.au reports, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur stated that India would use the pink “Kookaburra ball in the day-night Test, with India’s first-class competition to be used as a trial run for India’s players in the lead-up.”
“We have decided that we will play one day-night Test match with pink ball against New Zealand later this year,” Thakur said. “Before that the Duleep Trophy will act as a dress rehearsal for the day-night Test match.”
“While we have not zeroed in on the venue, there are lots of factors that need to be taken into account,” Thakur said. “Things like dew factor, how the spinners bowl with the pink Kookaburra on Indian pitches. These things we will get an idea during the Duleep Trophy.”
According to the Times of India reports, the announcement came just a day after Cricket Australia released the men’s summer schedule. Cricket Australia was reportedly in talks with South African board to plan a day-night test in the third test match of the Commonwealth Bank series at the Adelaide Oval.
But the South African Players’ Association and Test captain AB de Villiers had “voiced their concerns about the visibility and the durability of the pink ball,” as reported by the Cricket Australia.
“At the moment we are not too keen on playing in the proposed day-night Test match due to a few concerns that have come from a number of sources involved in the maiden Test played last year,” De Villiers said in Bangalore.
Cricket Australia General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard had replied, “Didn’t think it was fair (de Villiers’ comments), but that’s fine, I’ll let it go and we’ll just keep working with our guys.”
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