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India to play day-night Test in Australia

Last updated on: February 16, 2020 20:38 IST

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli practices with the pink ball. Photograph: BCCI

India will play a day-night Test during their much-anticipated tour of Australia later this year, said Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday.


The decision comes a month after captain Virat Kohli asserted that his team was ready to play a day-night Test anywhere in Australia.

"Yes, India will play a Day/Night Test in Australia. A formal announcement will be made soon," Ganguly said.

The former India captain also said that the second Test of the next home series against England will be a day-night affair. He added that the BCCI will try to have at least one day-night Test in each series moving forward.

India played their maiden day-night Test against Bangladesh last November at the Eden Gardens, winning it quite comfortably, with plenty of time to spare.

While the venue has not been finalised yet, the pink ball game is likely to be held either in Adelaide or Perth. Hosting the game in one of these venues makes sense given the better time slot for the Indian broadcast audience.

On the eve of India's three-match ODI series opener at home against Australia last month, Kohli had said, "We're ready and up for the challenge - whether it's Gabba, Perth... it doesn't matter to us. It's become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we're open to playing day-night Tests."

After India's mauling of Bangladesh in their maiden day-night Test outing in Kolkata, Ganguly had said that they "will deal as per the request" of the host Board when on tour.

India declined Australia's offer to play a day-night Test in Adelaide in 2018-19, citing lack of experience.

However, with a day-night match seen as a possible answer to Test cricket's dwindling attendances, Australia were hoping that India will agree to play one game at the Gabba this year.

A Cricket Australia (CA) delegation met top BCCI officials on the sidelines of a limited-overs series in January with the day-night Test figuring on the agenda.

Meanwhile, it is also learned that India is set to play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals in Sri Lanka after the IPL.

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