BCCI writes to Cricket Australia about Day-Night Test Match Down Under

India will not play day-night Test Down Under later this year as coach Ravi Shastri told the Supreme-Court ordered Committee of Administrators that the team will take at least 18 months to prepare for the day-night test

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday officially informed Cricket Australia that team India would not play a day-night Test match during their tour Down Under at the end of this year.

Cricket Australia were keen on having a pink-ball Test, which has been a convention for all touring teams in the last few years, the Indian board made it clear that they prefer the traditional red-ball matches.

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The Indian team management, headed by chief coach Ravi Shastri, told the Supreme-Court ordered Committee of Administrators that the team will take at least 18 months to prepare for the day-night Test. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was told to pass on the message to CA chief executive James Sutherland.

Australia have a 100 per cent record in day-night Tests, winning each of their four matches.

CA wanted the opening Test at Adelaide from December 6-10 to be a pink-ball match. “I am directed to say by the Committee of Administrators that India would begin to play in the format only in about a year’s time. Under the circumstances, I regret to say that the proposed D/N test cannot be played and all tests will have to have the conventional structure,” Choudhary wrote in his e-mail to Sutherland.

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