India decide to play ball


CRICKET Australia's bid to secure an Adelaide Day-Night Test next summer has made significant progress with India understood to play a pink-ball fixture against West India this year.

Advertiser on Monday revealed Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland wanted to hire concerted efforts behind the scenes lobbying at this week's ICC meeting in Kolkata to convince India to play a day-night test in Adelaide from December 6 this year.

An unnamed Indian media source last Sunday said The BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) had no interest in pursuing day-night Tests .

However, internal conflicts within BCCI often cross decision making and messaging.

BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has been confirmed by ICC meeting that one of two tests – in Hyderabad or Rajkot – against West India this year will be played during day-night conditions.

"I had consulted the Indian team ma management, voters, office carriers and everyone agreed that one of the two tests against West India will be a day-night test," said Chaudhary.

India initially resisted the introduction of the Twenty20 format until 2007 when it won the original World T20 in South Africa and stubbornly opposed to using the Decision Review System until 2016.

All powerful India embraces the pink ball Tests would be a another major turn.

An indian daytime test to follow success with New Zealand, South Africa and England would translate as a significant coup for Sutherland.

A spokeswoman for Cricket Australia told The Advertiser that "negotiations were in progress with India" over the prospect of a day night in Adelaide.

India is the last big nation to adopt the day-night cricket phenomenon groundbreaking by the South Australian Cricket Association boss Keith Bradshaw.



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