Virat Kohli © AFP
Virat Kohli © AFP

It was learned that India will play their maiden day-night Test against West Indies in late 2018 before their tour to Australia. However, according to reports in TOI, Virat Kohli  and team is unsure of playing the Test. Kohli had discussed the issue with Ravi Shastri and could initiate more discussions with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) led by Vinod Rai before the IPL.

One of the major concerns for day-night Test is players inexperience to play with pink ball under the lights. Rai was also concerned about the same when he had proposed that the cricketers should be consulted before giving the day-night Test a green light.

It is also learned that Shastri was open to the idea of playing day-night Test and had given it in written to Amitabh Choudhary but Kohli isn’t sure of how many sessions should be played under the light. Usually there are more than one sessions played and Shastri had proposed for at least one session.

If India play a day-night Test against West Indies than Australia may also be tempted to host one during India’s tour and ask for more than one session. This is one of the part which team India would not agree without proper practice under lights.

“Initially, even Kohli wasn’t sure about the long term impact of playing day-night Test without having a proper trial of it. But now, both Kohli and Shastri are in agreement that India should not rush into day-night Test just as yet,” said a source.

According to reports CoA has urged to stop the practice of board officials taking such decisions without the consent of players. There are also accusations against Kohli interfering in BCCI policy decisions. However, CoA seems uninterested in the argument as they believe that cricketers should have a say cricketing matters.