AGENCIES, Kolkata: Success brings in success and this is applicable to the world of cricket too. BCCI president Sourav wants the pink ball game to be played in all parts of the country and to the non-initiated Ganguly is basically referring to the success of first-ever day-night Test at Eden Gardens.
As a result of this initiative, India will play a day-night Test during their tour of Australia later this year, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Sunday. This decision comes almost a month after captain Virat Kohli assured organisers that the team was ready to play a day-night Test anywhere in Australia.
“Yes, India will play a Day/Night Test in Australia. A formal announcement will be made soon,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told media agencies.
The BCCI president also said that the second Test of the next home series against England will be a day-night affair. He added that the Board will try accommodate at least one day-night Test in each series in future.
India played their maiden day-night Test against Bangladesh last November at the Eden Gardens, winning the match quite comfortably with plenty of time to spare.
While, the final venue for the day and night match has not been finalised yet, analysts say the pink ball game could be played in either Adelaide or Perth due to the favourable time difference between both countries. Both these venues offer better time slot for Indian broadcast audience.
It may be recalled that India had declined Australia’s offer to play a day-night Test in Adelaide in 2018-19, citing lack of experience. However, with day-night match seen as a possible answer to Test cricket’s dwindling attendances. A Cricket Australia (CA) delegation met top BCCI officials on the sidelines of a limited-overs series in January with the day-night Test figuring on the agenda.