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Adelaide day-night Test scrapped for Indian tour in 2018-19

Do we need more day-night Tests? (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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8th May, 2018
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Cricket Australia have confirmed the proposed day-night Test set for the Adelaide Oval against India has been thrown on the scrapheap, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India “not prepared” to play in the format.

Day-night Test cricket has been a roaring success over its first instalments, with New Zealand playing the first one in 2015. Since then, the Adelaide Oval has had its lights turned on every year with South Africa and England also playing there.

Australia have also hosted Pakistan in Brisbane in a pink ball Test. With other matches around the world, only India and Bangladesh have not played Test cricket under lights and the BCCI weren’t prepared to hand Australia the advantage of experience playing the format.

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A statement from Cricket Australia released on Tuesday morning confirmed it would be a day Test.

“We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed Day-Night Test in Adelaide this summer. As a result, we can now confirm this Test match will be a Day format,” the statement read.

“Whilst we appreciate some Adelaide fans may be disappointed, we know how popular the Adelaide Test is and look forward to hosting India there in December.

“We are committed to hosting at least one Day-Night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket, and we are excited about the Day-Night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in January.”

Under section 12 of the ICC playing conditions, a day-night Test must be agreed to by both boards.

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“Home Boards may, prior to the commencement of a Test, and with the agreement of the Visiting Board, seek the approval of the ICC to play the match as a day/night Test,” it states.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, speaking a week ago on Victorian radio station SEN, expressed his desire to have more day-night cricket and the potential for home boards to make the decision on their own.

“I think personally the home country should have the right to schedule matches as it sees fit and start them at whatever time of day they want,” Sutherland said.

“It hasn’t really got to a stage where there’s agreement or regulation around the table at ICC level for the home countries to be able to schedule that.

“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.”

The summer of cricket will get underway against South Africa, with three ODIs and a T20, before India begin their tour with three T20s, followed by a four-Test series with the first to be played in Adelaide on December 6. Sri Lanka will play the only day-night Test of the summer in Brisbane on January 24.