Since the announcement of the Day-Night Test series between Team India and West Indies, the Indian cricket fans were more than delighted Indian fans. However, as per the current reports, the fans will get a bit sad as the Indian officials are still having divided opinions about the pink-ball Tests. Reportedly, Virat Kohli and his men are not yet sure about the prospect of playing Day-Night matches later this year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary is not favor of hosting the Day-Night series with Windies in order to attract more crowd in the stadiums. However, since the Indian players are not yet accustomed with the pink Kookaburra ball, the Committee of Administrators (CoA), led by Vinod Rai is expected to hold further talks with the Indian cricketers and the team management before the IPL opening ceremony in Mumbai on April 7, to gain clarity on the issue.
According to the reports of the Times of India, a source commented that India would play a Day-Night Test eventually, but only when the entire team is convinced of its full merits and demerits and said, “Initially, even Kohli wasn’t sure about the long-term impact of playing day-night Test without having a proper trial of it. But now, both Kohli and Shastri are in agreement that India should not rush into day-night Test just as yet.”
In an email, Rai expressed concerns about holding matches in places like Rajkot and Hyderabad, where it’d be difficult for spectators to avail public transport late at night owing to the cities not being major metropolitan ones.
The main concern that the Indian captain is said to have is the number of sessions that have to be played under the lights as there are issues such as visibility and the pink ball darting about under the twilights. As a result, Virat reportedly doesn’t want to rush into the decision of playing the new format without enough practice behind the team.
In addition to all this if Indian agrees to play day-night Test against the Windies, Australia might as well call for a day-night Test Down Under, involving India and Australia at the end of the year and. With chances of Cricket Australia asking for more than one session under the lights, India will need the sufficient amount of practice to play a Test against Australia.