New Zealand Cricket considering day-night Test in India

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Wellington, April 26 (IANS) New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday announced the possibility of their playing a day-night Test match with pink ball during their tour of India later this year.

Indian cricket board officials raised New Zealand eyebrows late last week with their announcement that they ”will” play one of New Zealand’s tests during their visit under lights.

The New Zealand Cricket seem to be embracing the idea, provided the two boards go ahead with the plan. Mumbai is the most likely venue for hosting the match.

NZC chief executive David White had talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials during the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai late last week.

”We’ve said we are receptive to the idea. We will work closely with the players, but in saying that, if the trials look good and they (India) are comfortable with (the trials) it’s very positive from our point of view. We believe day-night test cricket has a big future in the game,” White was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald on Tuesday.

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White said there was a solid consensus around the ICC table in Dubai about the importance of day-night cricket in the future test landscape.

”The sentiment was very positive. Everyone realises it’s going to be important for the future of the test format, to make it accessible to the fans,” he said.



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