Gulf Today (UAE) – New Delhi: India have refused to play a day-night Test during the tour of Australia later this year because of doubts over the quality of the pink ball, their cricket board said on Thursday.

Summary

  • New Delhi: India have refused to play a day-night Test during the tour of Australia later this year because of doubts over the quality of the pink ball, their cricket board said on Thursday.
  • “Yes, it’s pretty clear that we are not playing a day-night Test in Australia, no doubt about it,” BCCI administrator Vinod Rai told AFP.
  • Cricket Australia (CA) had wanted the first Test in Adelaide from Dec.
  • CA chief executive James Sutherland has lobbied hard for top-ranked India to play a day-night match, but hinted the tourists were scared of conceding an advantage to Australia, who have won all three pink ball Tests at Adelaide.
  • Observers believe the tour could be one of India’s best chance to record a first Test series win in Australia as the hosts’ star players Steve Smith and David Warner are serving 12-month bans for ball tampering.

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