After the Australia-New Zealand day-night Test match at Adelaide last year, now BCCI is all set to welcome this latest endeavor of the “Gentleman’s Game”. The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that India will host a day-night Test during New Zealand’s visit at the end of this year and also said that the match will be played under floodlights and with pink Kookaburra ball.
Though the venue has not been finalized yet for the first day-night Test match, not only in India but in the subcontinent; but it has been decided by the governing body that the upcoming Duleep Trophy will be played under lights and with pink ball as a dress rehearsal of the day-night test match and most of the current India team players will take part in the Duleep trophy.
“We have decided that we will play one day-night Test match with pink ball against New Zealand later this year. Before that, Duleep Trophy will act as a dress rehearsal for the day-night Test match.” Mr. Thakur commented before a gathering of media persons at the BCCI’s headquarters on Thursday.
The main motto of the Duleep Trophy will be to check how the pink kookaburra behaves under the light in sub-continental conditions, dew factor, how the spinners bowl with the pink Kookaburra on Indian pitches and lots of things.
The secretary of BCCI later added; “While we have not zeroed in on the venue, there are lots of factors that need to be taken into account. Things like dew factor, how the spinners bowl with the pink kookaburra on Indian pitches. These things we will get an idea during the Duleep Trophy.”
Though the previous experience with pink Kookaburra ball and day-night test match was not at all cherish able. The durability and the visibility of the pink ball were questionable. The Adelaide Test, the first Test match ever to be played in the game’s history under floodlights, was played on a grassier-than-normal surface to ensure the ball lasted 80 overs but still the match ended in just 3 days. But it was very much necessary to save the game and to raise the ever dwindling number of spectators in the stadium.
Although the Test matches in India are played with ‘SG Test’ balls, but Anurag Thakur gave stress on the fact that this upcoming day-night test match will be played with ‘Pink kookaburra’ as quality of the pink SG balls is very much unsure. “We may ask SG to manufacture pink balls later but that has to be of the quality of pink balls that kookaburra produces,” told Thakur.