Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) denied India playing the first-ever day-night Test against Australia, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has termed the Pink Ball Tests as the future of longer format cricket. He also stated that Team India was qualified enough to tackle the pink ball and hinted that Virat Kohli and Co will have to play under lights over five days sooner or later.
While attending a commercial event, Ganguly explained the importance of this format of the Test cricket. He said,
“Day-Night test is the way forward. Every country has to play Day-Night Test. India have reservations but that’s a long-term future for test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night test matches also. There is no difference in day-night test matches and day test matches. It’s just a different ball. And they are such class players, they can win.”
As learned from several media reports, the BCCI had officially informed Cricket Australia that Virat Kohli and Co would not engage in any pink ball Test during their Australia’s tour. India are slated to play three Tests against Australia, starting from December 10. There would be three T20 internationals played prior to that.
CA wanted to continue with their recent tradition of playing the opening Test at Adelaide from December 6-10 under lights.
The Indian team management headed by chief coach Ravi Shastri though had intimated the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the team will take at least 18 months to prepare for the Day-Night Test.