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Pink-Ball Test: Harbhajan Singh, Vinod Rai not on same page about India playing day-nighters

Harbhajan Singh and BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai different views on Indian cricket team playing Pink-Ball Tests (day/night Test matches).

cricket Updated: May 17, 2018 23:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Cricket Australia’s proposal to host the Indian cricket team in the day-night match in Adelaide from December 6-10 was dismissed by the BCCI.(Getty Images)

The Indian cricket team’s refusal to play a day-night Test match against Australia has sparked a variety of reactions in the cricket community. While former Aussie cricketer Mark Waugh called the Virat Kohli-led side ‘selfish’ for not agreeing to play in the day-night format, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai came in defence of the Indian cricket team.

Speaking at the sidelines of a book launch, Rai said that India will play the day-night Test only after the cricketers and the team management give them the green signal.

“ I will play day-night Tests only when the players and the team management says that they are ready. We are not going to force them,” Vinod Rai said at the event.

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“I believe that the entire team wants to win the series and that’s why, we want to give our team the best possible chance and this is not the right time for testing innovations,” he added.

Cricket Australia’s proposal to host the Indian cricket team in the day-night match in Adelaide from December 6-10 was dismissed by the BCCI. As a result, they are the only regular Test playing nation apart from Bangladesh to not play a single day-night Test till date.

On the other hand, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh had a completely different approach towards the matter and he believes that India should embrace the new form of Test cricket.

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“I don’t know why they don’t want to play day-night Test matches. It’s an interesting format and we should try it. I am all for it. Tell me what’s the apprehension of playing with pink ball? If you play, you can adjust. It may not be as difficult as it seems ,” he said.

‘Limited overs games won’t help’

India will play England in three T20s and three ODIs before the five-match Test series in order to be well prepared for the longer format. However, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that it will not be that helpful for the team as the white-ball cricket is completely different from red-ball cricket.

“The two forms of cricket are completely different and I highly doubt that playing the T20s and ODIs will help the Indian team in preparing for the Test matches,” Gambhir said at the event.

“The difference in balls will have a huge impact and unless they practice with the red ball, winning against England in their home conditions will be a tall ask for the Indian side,” he added.

First Published: May 17, 2018 21:56 IST