Indian cricket team denies to play pink-ball Test on Australia tour

Lawrence Cooper
May 5, 2018

The match is scheduled to be a Day-Night fixture, however, India are apprehensive about playing the game with the pink ball, citing reasons that it will be equivalent to handing the advantage to Australia.

SACA CEO Keith Bradshaw says he is hearing "positive things" about holding the first ever day-night test between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval later this year. "So a question of playing a day-night Test match in Adelaide just doesn't arise", a CoA was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Cricket Australia confirmed on Monday that Adelaide Oval will be the venue for the series-opening test against India but has yet to strike an agreement with the Indian board (BCCI) on staging the match under lights. If so, it would help prepare them for a pink-ball clash on Australian soil. Though, now, India will not play any day/night game in the coming season, which starts with historic Test match against Afghanistan.

India's tour will kick off with a three-match Twenty20 global series in November after Australia start the home summer with four limited overs matches against South Africa.

About Canberra hosting a Test for the very first time, Sutherland said: "We look forward to giving cricket fans in the nation's capital the opportunity to see elite cricket in action in the Test format for the first time".

Australia will take on arch rivals India at the 60,000-seat venue in the second Test from December 14-18.

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Talking about the structural changes in the global season in Australia this time around, Sutherland added: "Our men's worldwide season structure changes slightly this summer, with one-day and T20 worldwide matches against South Africa and India in November".

November 17 - Australia v South Africa, Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, T20I.

The Tests against India will be followed by three One-day Internationals (ODI) from 12 to 18 January.

Instead the Gabba will host the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, a day-nighter from January 24 which runs over the Australia Day long weekend.

GOLD Coast's Metricon Stadium will host a major global match for the first time but the Gabba has been downgraded as a Test venue in cricket's new summer schedule.

"The [PM's XI] game is being played earlier in the year than previous years which will allow for a true representative team without worldwide or Big Bash League commitments preventing players from being involved". India, it is learnt, are also reluctant to have day-night Tests in the nine-team World Test Championship to be played from 2019.

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