CA chief Kevin Roberts hopes that given Team India’s strong position in the ICC World Test Championship, it would agree to play a day-night Test against Australia when they tour Down Under in 2020.
India has won each of their seven Tests in the WTC to date and thus made it to the top of the table with 360 points. According to Roberts, that should more of a reason for India to play a pink-ball Test in Australia.
Why India Should Play Day-Night Test In Australia, According to Roberts
“I believe we should be playing one pink-ball Test in the Indian series next year,” Roberts was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
He said, “India to their credit are doing very well in this World Test Championship, and it’s highly likely that they will make the final in 2021.”
In January 2020, at the time of Australia’s ODI tour of India, a delegation of cricket is set to discuss with the BCCI the possibility of playing two pink-ball Tests in Australia. Recently, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said two day-night Tests would be a bit too much.
“I have not heard anything officially from Cricket Australia. Two out of four will be a bit too much… it can’t replace traditional Test matches. But we can have one Pink Test every series,” Ganguly said.
According to Roberts, the willingness of Ganguly to experiment may increase the chances of a day-night Test in Australia.
Roberts said, “Also with Sourav Ganguly coming into the presidency of the BCCI, he’s been very proactive in scheduling the first day-night Test in India, and we saw that was a sellout in three days, which is very different to what the previous day series have looked at in terms of ticket sales.”
Recently, the Indian team won the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens, Kolkata.