Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell reckons there are certain chances of backfiring in Cricket Australia’s plan of playing two Day/Night Tests against India in 2020-21 as the current Indian team possesses a strong bowling attack.
In a column for ESPNcricinfo, Chappell said: “Cricket Australia is contemplating two day-night Tests for the 2020-21 Indian tour. However, if that ploy is meant to advantage Australia, it may backfire as India have a strong attack and (Virat) Kohli has already shown he’s adept at captaincy in this part of the world.”
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, when Australia visit India next year for a limited-overs series in January, a Cricket Australia (CA) delegation, led by its chairman Earl Eddings, is expected to have a meeting with the new BCCI administration with the question of day-night Tests on the agenda.
Talking about the same, Eddings had said, “Pleasingly they’ve played their first day-night Test and won easily. Now they’ve got through that it might give them the right build-up to it over here. I’ve got no doubt they’ll consider playing one and maybe even more day-night Test matches. But that’s down the track to when we catch up with them in January.”
However, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly doesn’t seem too keen on the idea.
Dada had said, “I have not heard anything officially from Cricket Australia. Two out of four will be a bit too much…it can’t replace traditional Test matches. But we can have one Pink Test every series.”
India last month played their first-ever pink-ball Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata where they outplayed Bangladesh. After that Test, captain Kohli was asked about the prospect of playing a Day/Night Test during the Australia tour next year and he said he was “open to do anything” as long as there was a practice match under lights.