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India agree to day-night Tests against Australia, England
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India agree to day-night Tests against Australia, England

Sourav Ganguly has confirmed India will play a day-night Test in Australia this year and host another during England's visit in 2021.

India had rejected the offer to play a pink-ball Test under lights during their previous trip to Australia but have finally caved in to Cricket Australia's request after much insistence from their rival board.

Australia have continually pushed for more pink-ball matches, which they believe bolster the revenue generated as such games are favourably timed for spectators and TV audiences.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had held a series of meetings with a CA delegation last month headed by chairman Earl Eddings, which culminated in the official nod from India on this matter.

"Day-night Test will happen and we will make a public announcement -- the second Test will be against England next year. Yes, it will happen against Australia also," Ganguly told reporters after the BCCI's apex council meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.

India will host England for five Tests in January-February 2021 following the conclusion of their tour of Australia featuring the pink-ball Test expected to be held at Adelaide Oval.

The day-night Test between India and England will be hosted by the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad - the world's largest cricket venue with a capacity of 1,10,000 people.

India's initiation in day-night Test cricket was fairly recent when they thrashed Bangladesh in a lopsided contest at Kolkata in November 2019.

Although questions still persist over the ability of batters to spot the ball during twilight, captain Virat Kohli has warmed up to the idea of India playing regular fixtures in this format.

"We played the day-night Test here and were pretty happy with how it went. It's become a very exciting feature of any Test series, so we are absolutely open to play a day-night Test," the champion batsman said in January.