Day/Night Tests: All you need to know about the twist in cricket’s oldest format
Day/night Test cricket got the green signal from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on October 30, 2012. On that day with coloured balls, cricket witnessed a new spectacle with the game being played under floodlights in the evening.
On November 22, 2019, India will host their first-ever day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed the development on Tuesday evening and said, “I spoke to the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan). They are agreeable, they wanted to speak to the players. I’m sure it will be a day/night match. They will also officially announce it soon.”
The announcement of the first-ever day-night Test in India comes after BCCI’s continued resistance to the newest experiment in world cricket.
So far how many Tests have been played?
In storied history of Test cricket, more than 2,000 five-day games have been played. But the 1st-ever day-night Test was played between Australia and New Zealand in 2015, 14 more have been played. However, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Ireland remain as the only teams who are yet to make their bow under lights.
What coloured ball will be used for the day-night Test?
Traditionally Test cricket is played with the red ball but in day/night Test the pink variant comes into play. This is because visibility becomes a factor at night. Kookaburra is the manufacturer of the pink ball.
What are the timings of play and overs to be bowled per day?
The same 6 hours of play will be witnessed as in all Test matches. 90 overs to be bowled per day.
Will it be Tea break before the Supper interval?
Yes. With Test matches being played during the day, a 40-minute Lunch interval arrives first after the opening session of play. However, in the day-night Test, first, we will have a 20-minute Tea break and later the 40-minute Supper interval. It is a reversal of breaks.
Rules of the Game
According to the current ICC Playing Conditions, day-night matches can be held by the host country only with “with the agreement of the Visiting Board. For day-night test matches‚ the precise brand‚ type and colour of ball shall be subject to prior approval of the visiting board”.
How does it work?
Play will start at 1.30 pm and is scheduled to end at 9 pm.
Tea will be taken at 4.05 pm and supper at 6.20 pm.
Unlike the traditional Tests, in the Day-Night Test the first break will be of a tea break of 20 minutes followed by a supper break of 40 minutes which would mean one-and-half session will be played under lights.
As is the case in other four-day cricket‚ teams who dismiss their opponents with a lead of more than 150 runs have the option of enforcing the follow-on. The benchmark in five-day games is 200 runs.
A new ball will be available after 80 overs‚ as it is in other first-class cricket.