India in talks with Australia for day-night test – Sutherland

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India wants to host a day-night test against Australia early next year, according to a report, as the world’s richest cricket board continues its backing of the concept which seems to be taking root in the subcontinent.

Australia and New Zealand played the first floodlit test last November at Adelaide Oval and have found takers in Asia.

India and Pakistan are schedule to play twilight tests this year while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are considering following suit pending the results of domestic trials.

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) announced last month it would host a floodlit test against New Zealand when the Black Caps tour later this year and they now want to play one against Australia next year, Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has said.

“I think there’s certainly some positive signals coming out of India and other parts of the world (on day-night tests),” Sutherland said on Big Sports Breakfast radio.

“Indicatively they’ve started to talking to us about the prospect of playing a day-night test match against Australia when Australia tours in February and March of next year.

“That’s just a pretty strong indicator of where things are at.”

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur did not respond to message and calls from Reuters seeking comment.

The first floodlit test at Adelaide Oval lasted only three days raising doubts if the pink ball can last the duration of the required number of overs in an innings.

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