Cricket Australia confirm format after India rejects day-night test

Cricket Australia and chief executive James Sutherland had held out hope that the day-night Test would be locked in during negotiations with the Indian board, but the BCCI's acting secretary Amitabha Chowdhury wrote to Sutherland this week to confirm the news.

India and Bangladesh are the only two current Test-playing nations to have avoided playing pink-ball cricket at the worldwide level.

BCCI had earlier planned to play Australia in a day/night fixture.

India have been accused of running scared from a day-night Test in Adelaide after rejecting Australia's requests to play the opening match of this summer's tour under lights.

He further stated, "We have been saying this all along that we are experimenting with pink ball cricket in the Duleep Trophy (India's domestic competition) and that's it for now".

The day-night test in Adelaide had been a blooming tradition over the past three years but Cricket Australia confirmed they remained committed to the format.


"Whilst we appreciate some Adelaide fans may be disappointed, we know how popular the Adelaide Test is and look forward to hosting India there in December", said a CA spokesman.

However, they both will be able to screen a Test under lights in January. The Australians will then host a two-test series against Sri Lanka, starting January 24 with a day-night match in Brisbane followed by a test debut for Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Vinod Rai went on to express his doubts about the pink ball itself being used in Duke and Kookaburra.

This isn't the first time that a cricket governing body has been reluctant to take part in a floodlit test. Later, India will play an away 5-match test series against England coming up on the 1st of August. South Africa went on to lose the match by 7 wickets. Australia, on the other hand, have played four pink-ball Tests and have managed to win all of them, including the historic first game against New Zealand in Adelaide in 2015.

The Adelaide Test match scheduled from 6 to 10 June 2018 was a pink-ball match.


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