Mark Waugh is currently in India for a commentary stint © Getty Images
Mark Waugh is currently in India for a commentary stint © Getty Images

Much has been said about BCCI denial to play the day-night Test against Australia  in Australia later this year. After Cricket Australia (CA) and Ian Chappell, Mark Waugh has dismissed India’s decision as regressive. According to cricket.com.au, Waugh called India selfish: “It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket. Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be.” On decline of Test cricket, Waugh said: “So it’s really only Australia, India and England where Test cricket is alive and well. For me that’s a concern.”

Waugh sounded amazed at why India does not want to play pink-ball cricket given the amount of skills and talent on offer. Waugh said: “Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they’ve got a string of fast bowlers, so they don’t just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well. So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”

India coach Ravi Shastri has told CoA that India needed around 18-20 months to feel well accustomed to day-night Tests.