The Indian cricket team will play a day-night Test during their tour of Australia, which is slated to be held later this year, the BCCI’s apex council meeting decided in New Delhi on Sunday.
In another significant move, the cricket governing body also indicated Ahmedabad as a likely venue to host a day-night Test during the five-match series against England, which will be played in January-February 2021.
“Yes, India will play a Day/Night Test in Australia. A formal announcement will be made soon,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told reporters after the Apex Council meeting in Delhi.
India played their maiden day-night Test against Bangladesh last November at the Eden Gardens. Indian captain Virat Kohli had also asserted that his team was ready to play a day-night Test anywhere in Australia.
“We played the day-night Test [against Bangladesh] here, we were pretty happy with how it went. It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing day-night Tests. We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us, we have the skillsets as a team now to compete against anyone in the world, anywhere, in any format of the game, whether it’s white ball, red ball or pink ball, we’re ready to play anything,” Virat Kohli had said.
Earlier, India declined Australia’s offer to play a day-night Test in Adelaide in 2018-19, citing lack of experience.
With day-night match seen as a possible answer to Test cricket’s dwindling attendances, Australia had been hoping that India will agree to play one game at the Gabba this year.
A Cricket Australia (CA) delegation met top BCCI officials on the sidelines of a limited-overs series in January with the day-night Test figuring on the agenda.
(With PTI inputs)
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