India not averse to day-night Tests

The former India women’s team captain, Diana Edulji, also indicated that India could play its first day-night Test even out of home.

A file photo of Adelaide Oval during a day-night Test.   -  AFP

For the last few years, Indian cricket has been a divided house when it came to playing a day-night Test. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) procrastinated the idea, there were reports that some of the top cricketers were not comfortable with the format yet.

But that picture will change soon as Committee of Administrators (CoA) member, Diana Edulji, on Monday made it clear that India will feature in day-night pink ball cricket in the near future.

“We are working on it. It will happen,” Edulji said on the sidelines of the 10th Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture at the Cricket Club of India.

The former India women’s team captain also indicated that India could play its first day-night Test even out of home. “It could be anywhere, but things will change,” she said.

Initially, India was to play a day-night Test in Adelaide in December but the BCCI had informed Cricket Australia (CA) that it was not ready for it. “We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night Test in Adelaide this summer,” the CA had said earlier this year.

The ICC playing conditions state that a home team can only host a day-night Test match with the agreement of the visiting board.