India decline to play Day-Night Test in Adelaide

Posted May 11, 2018

White said Bangladesh had agreed to play one of their three tests in New Zealand next March under lights, with Mt Maunganui, Hamilton and Napier the three venues under consideration to host the pink ball match.

"Under the circumstances, I regret to say the proposed day-night Test can not be played and all Tests will have to have the conventional structure".

However, India does not agree to the idea of playing a pink ball match. "Nobody can put a gun on to our head and say play (day-night cricket)".

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.

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Well, reports are coming that highly popular day-night Adelaide Test will not eventuate because Indian team refused to play with the pink ball under lights.

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The next day-night test match is scheduled to take place in Australia in January against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

CA believes day-night Test cricket is a more television-friendly format and perhaps the only way to save the five-day version of the game following the rise of the quickfire Twenty20 format. Later, India will play an away 5-match test series against England coming up on the 1st of August. Fox Sports and Channel Seven had combined to takeover domestic and foreign coverage of cricket in a move which ended a 40+ year association between Cricket Australia (formerly the Australian Cricket Board) and Channel Nine.

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According to, acting secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary reportedly contacted Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland via email to inform him of India's position.

The BCCI top officials are also not happy with India captain Virat Kohli's decision to opt for playing County cricket than leading national team against Afghanistan in their first ever Test match.

"I think everyone in world cricket knows that, to be frank, I think (India) want to come out here and beat us", Sutherland told Australia's SEN Radio in early May.

He said, "We're hoping there will be some sort of regulation in there (the Test Championship) that will allow home teams to fixture at least one day-night Test match".

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