World cricket’s top administrator is convinced it “won’t be too long” before day/night Tests are being played in Australia or India.
David Morgan, the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), also said a “context” for Test and one-day international matches was on its way.
While Tests in England are generally sold out and England or South Africa Test tours of Australia also attract large crowds, elsewhere other series in the five-day format struggle to attract spectators.
Ever since floodlit fixtures were pioneered in Australia more than 30 years ago as part of the ‘rebel’ World Series Cricket, there have been suggestions of day/night Tests.
But so far, in part because of concerns the white ball used for floodlit cricket won’t stand up to the wear and tear of a five-day match, they have yet to become a reality.
“I talked to administrators in Australia whom I expected to be so conservative as to be against day/night Test cricket but they are very much for it and I believe it won’t be too long before we see day/night Test in Australia or India,” he said.
One complaint is that too many Tests, as well as one-dayers, lack “context”. Although the ICC has introduced a Test table, its complex rating system has so far failed to excite.
Morgan, perhaps concerned by promising something leading countries — who organise series between themselves within minimum ICC guidelines —won’t let him deliver, has repeatedly refrained from using the word ‘championship’ or ‘league’ for the same.
But Morgan, a former chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said: “Our chief executives’ committee has been looking at producing a context for both ODI cricket and Tests so watch this space.
“Enriching ODIs and Tests are two major opportunities, and I have no doubt the game will embrace those quickly.
Morgan added the biggest regret of his term as president, which expires within weeks, was Pakistan becoming a no-go area for international cricket following the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team bus last year.
Kirsten in ICC panel to discuss D-N Tests
India coach Gary Kirsten will join the ICC Cricket Committee which will discuss the use of coloured ball in day-night Tests, one-day cricket format and the controversial switch hit in its two-day meeting starting here on Thursday.
The panel, which also includes former India captain Ravi Shastri and is headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, will see Kirsten replacing fellow South African Mickey Arthur as the Full Member team coach representative.