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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Sourav Ganguly drops major hint on India’s involvement in day-night Test matches

The general notion was that not having to play day-night Tests in the World Test Championship was one of the reasons why Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli weren’t too keen on playing Test matches under lights.

cricket Updated: Oct 17, 2019 09:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sourav  Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly(PTI)
         

In a bid to make Test cricket more appealing to the masses, the ICC introduced day-night Test matches and while Australia, England, West Indies and Pakistan have accepted the change, the Indian board has so far not been too keen to embrace the change. However, with Sourav Ganguly all set to take charge as the BCCI president, this could see a change. The former India skipper has made it clear that with the World Test Championship having the option of the teams organising day-night games, India too needs to move forward rather than hold back.

Speaking to IANS, Ganguly made it clear that discussing the idea of the Indian team playing pink-ball cricket would definitely be on the top of his to-do-list after he comes to office.

“We will deal with it. It is too early for me to comment on how we will work on this, but let me take office and then we will discuss this with every member,” he explained.

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Team India head coach Ravi Shastri had last year agreed to play day-night Tests against West Indies before deciding to inform the Committee of Administrators that the team wasn’t ready and would need 12 to 18 months to prepare for the challenge of playing against the pink ball under lights.

The general notion was that not having to play day-night Tests in the World Test Championship was one of the reasons why Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli weren’t too keen on playing Test matches under lights.

But Ganguly pointed that it would be wrong to think that the Test championship wouldn’t see matches played under lights.

“World Test Championship has day-night Test because Adelaide will host pink-ball Test. I don’t think it is the right call to say that World Test Championship wouldn’t have day-night Tests,” he pointed.

In fact, a senior ICC official also confirmed that there is an option of playing matches under lights in the World Test Championship if both teams agree to the idea.

“With the agreement of both members it can be a day-night or day affair in the World Test Championship,” the official told IANS.

Ganguly has always been vocal about how day-night Tests is the way forward and that this Indian team under Kohli has the arsenal to do well in the format.

“Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that’s a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It’s just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win,” Ganguly said.