BCCI Hopes Day-Night Test Match Against Bangladesh To Be A Success
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was adamant against moving forward with day-night cricket tests, even though the International Cricket Council (ICC) had pushed the BCCI in the past to play day-night test cricket.
Day-Night Tests Expected To Revive Test Cricket
The ICC decided to experiment with day-night tests in order to revive the 5-day game. They need to get more fans coming into the stadiums. The late start, coloured clothing, pink ball and playing under flood lights was expected to provide extra entertainment to spectators in the ground. This also goes for the millions of fans watching from around the world.
The BCCI took a staunch stance against day-night tests, They stated that there were too many variables that had to be addressed properly before they could think about moving forward with day-night test matches. Well, the BCCI has finally reversed its stance on test cricket. New BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has successfully brokered a deal with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play the first ever day-night test match in India.
Ganguly has always been in favour of day-night test matches. He had publicly expressed his unhappiness in the past when the BCCI declined to play a day-night test match in Australia. Now that he is the BCCI president, he has decided that the best thing for world cricket and Indian cricket is to embrace the new format.
Eden Gardens To Host First Day-Night Test Cricket Match
Ganguly said that he had a chat with test captain Virat Kohli about playing a day-night test against Bangladesh in the 2-match test series that takes place later this month. Ganguly said he did not have to say much to convince Kohli as he was very much open to the idea.
The first test will take place from November 14 to 18 in Indore. The second test will take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from November 22 to 26. Eden Gardens, which is Ganguly’s home ground is one of the most iconic test venues in world cricket. It is the perfect place to host the inaugural day-night test.
Most day-night test matches tend to start at 2.30 pm. However, reports suggest that the BCCI has decided to schedule the start at 12 pm. This early start is mainly to get the match over before 9 pm. The dew factor comes into play later in the evening. That will make it difficult for the players to grip the pink ball.
Sachin Tendulkar Shares His Thoughts
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar said he was happy that the BCCI decided to move forward with day-night tests. It brings something new to Indian cricket fans. The late start will allow fans to finish their work and show up to the ground.
Tendulkar has advised the Indian batsmen to prepare themselves for the pink ball. There is no tell how it will behave under lights and in Indian conditions. The Master Blaster said that the batsmen must practice in the nets with different pink balls (new ball, ball that is 20 overs old, 50 overs old and 80 overs old).
The bowlers will also have to come to grips with the swing and seam that the pink ball generates. The pink ball tends to swing a lot more than the red ball and can be really hard to play under lights. This is especially if the bowler is sending it down at over 145 kmph. If there is any dew on the ground, it could hurt the spinners as it will significantly reduce both the spin and bounce. This would also affect how betting players evaluate these matches.
The BCCI will be very interested to see how this initial day-night test pans out. If it turns out to be a successful experiment, the BCCI could make day-night tests a regular feature.