Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has slammed India for deciding to not play the day/night Test match during their upcoming tour of Australia at the end of this calendar year and remarked that as ‘selfish’ behaviour.
Cricket Australia (CA) was excited to schedule a pink-ball day/night Test match during their 4-match home Test series against India, starting in this December. But, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined to play that day/night Test game in that tour.
The T20 national selector of Australian cricket team, Mark Waugh showed his disappointment on BCCI’s decision to not play the pink-ball Test match.
Talking to Sky radio on Wednesday, Mark said, “It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket. Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be.”
Mark is concern about the Test cricket as he believes there is not much place where the longest cricketing format is alive.
He spoke on that, “So it’s really only Australia, India and England where Test cricket is alive and well. For me, that’s a concern.”
While Australian cricket team is dominating in the day/night Test cricket, as they have won all the four games that they have played, Mark believes that India should be a good competitive team in the newest version of Test cricket.
Speaking on that, Mark said, “Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they’ve got a string of fast bowlers, so they don’t just rely on the spinners and their batsman are technically very good as well. So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”
Among the current Test-playing members, only India, Bangladesh and Ireland haven’t played yet a single pink-ball day/night Test match.