BCCI has officially informed CA that India will not play Day-Night Test Match on its tour to Australia later this year. Cricket Australia is insisting on organizing a test match with a pink ball in fairy light. This is because, in the last few years, teams visiting there have been playing day-night matches. But the Indian board has made it clear that it should be a traditional Match.
The team management led by Chief coach Ravi Shastri told the administrators’ committee (CA) that the team will need at least 18 months to prepare for the Day-Night Test match. Following this, Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was asked to send messages to CA Chief Executive James Sutherland.
CA wants that the first Test match in Adelaide from December 6-10 will be played with a pink ball.
Chaudhary has written in the email to Sutherland, “The administrators’ committee has instructed me to deliver this message that India will be able to start playing in this format after almost a year. In the current circumstances, I am sorry to say that the proposed Day-Night Test match cannot be played and all test matches will be played in the traditional framework.”
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Schedule of India tour of Australia 2018-19:
- The Indian team will start their tour of Australia with the T-20 series. The 3 match of T20I series will be played between 21 and 25 November.
- After this T20I series, India will play 4-test match series against Kangaroos. Test matches will be played in Adelaide (December 6-10), Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (3-7 January 2019).
- After the Test series, between 12 and 18 January, there will be a series of three one-day matches.