BCCI president Sourav Ganguly open to the idea of India playing day-night Test match

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India Today

Author 2019-10-17 15:38:00

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Sourav Ganguly has openly spoken in favour of day-night Test cricket in the past (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sourav Ganguly described day-night matches as the "long-term future of Test cricket"
  • The new BCCI president also said that every team has to play pink-ball Tests at some point
  • BCCI had rejected the idea of a day-night Test during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar series

Indian cricket fans may finally get a chance to witness the team playing a day-night Test match with pink balls in the future with new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly willing to "discuss the matter with every member" once he takes office in the board.

The Indian cricket board had refused to play a day-night Test in Adelaide during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar series Down Under despite Cricket Australia's requests.

But the new regime under Ganguly might just agree to the idea on their next tour to Australia. India is scheduled to tour Down Under next summer for a series of four Tests.

Ganguly described day-night matches as the "long-term future of Test cricket" and said that every team has to play pink-ball Tests at some point.

"We will deal with it. It is too early for me to comment on how we will work on this but let me take office and then we will discuss this with every member. World Test championship has day-night Tests because Adelaide will host pink-ball Tests.

"I don't think it is [the] right call to say that the World Test championship wouldn't have day-night Tests. Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test - that's a long-term future for Test cricket. They [India] are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also.

"There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It's just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win," Ganguly said.

The former captain also touched upon the topic of resuming India-Pakistan bilateral ties, saying that the Prime Ministers of both countries have to sort this issue out.

"You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister. Of course we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So we don't have an answer to that question," Ganguly said.

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