Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reportedly declined the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) offer to play the next Test match in Karachi as a day-night affair. The PCB was pushing for the second Test, scheduled to take place in April, to be a pink-ball contest but BCB has rejected the proposal.
"We have spoken with our team management and they are not ready to play day-night Test at the moment due to lack of preparation"- BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted as saying by a major cricket publication.
Bangladesh had recently played a day-night Test in Kolkata against India, which they badly lost by an innings and 46 runs. Having faced another innings defeat at the hands of Pakistan in Rawalpindi, it is understood Bangladesh are more keen on playing in natural light in Karachi to give themselves a better chance of registering their first points in the World Test Championship.
There has been plenty of chatter surrounding a lack of adequate practice for pink-ball cricket since players have expressed issues of visibility with the pink ball. This is potentially a major factor explaining Bangladesh’s reluctance to go ahead with the day-night Test proposal.