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India awaits BCB decision on staging day-night Test
Day-Night Test

India awaits BCB decision on staging day-night Test

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over staging the second Test of India versus Bangladesh series as a day and night game at the idyllic Eden Gardens, Kolkata. 

If the proposal materializes, it could be the first-ever day and night game in India but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to give a nod of approval.

"They (BCCI) have proposed (a Day-Night Test) and we will let them know after thinking a while," BCB cricket operations manager Akram Khan told the media.

"We have received the letter two or three days (ago) and we will make a decision in this regard but we have not discussed it [yet]. We will let them know about our decision within one or two days," he remarked.

Earlier, BCCI newly elected president and former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly stated that Virat Kohli is on board with the plan which could help to hold India's first day and night match sooner than later. 

The first Test will kick off on November 14 in Indore and the second Test (which could be a day-night debut for India) is scheduled to take place at the picturesque Eden Gardens on November 22. 

The BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury isn't in a hurry and wants to take players' and management's consent before finalizing a decision.

"At first we have to take the consent of the players and members of the team management about it. It is totally a technical matter and we have to consider that there is preparation required to play a Test with a pink ball," he stated.

The tour is set to commence with a three-match T2OI series that will begin from November 3 [the same date on which Pakistan will take on Australia for the limited-overs series opener]. Pakistan will play a day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide next month with Australia taking the lead in this novel initiative.

 Pink balls are used in day-night Tests ©Getty Images

Pink balls are used in day-night Tests ©Getty Images

Divided opinion among players on day-night Test

Considering the waning interest in Test cricket especially in the subcontinent - where the longer format games can often turn out to be dead rubbers, experimenting with the pink ball could reignite interest among fans and help build capacity crowds.  

One problem that the players could face during the Test series is the dew factor which compounds when the sun goes down and makes it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball.

Pakistan have been very keen on day-night Test matches and have held two such Tests in Dubai in a bid to draw large crowds. 

With the new administration in BCCI, it appears that there is less inertia in the realm of evolving the game as last year India refused to play a day-night game in Adelaide. 

AB de Villiers raised his concerns when the idea of day-night games first floated and said that the pink ball undergoes wear and tear rather quickly as compared to the red ball. 

All in all, there is divided opinion on playing Tests under floodlights but the sample size is not big enough to deduce the reservations convincingly.

Full-Members nations are permitted to arrange day-night matches in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) subject to International Cricket Council rule of bilateral and mutual agreement between the boards of teams.