The venue for day-night Test is slated to be Adelaide Oval    Getty Images
The venue for day-night Test is slated to be Adelaide Oval Getty Images

The day-night Test was first played at Adelaide between Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Ever since, teams such as West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and England have tasted the new concept. India, however, are yet to play a day-night Test.

BCCI are reluctant in joining the bandwagon. However, Cricket Australia (CA) are confident of persuading India to play a day-night Test when they tour Australia next summer for four-Test series. Adelaide has been the first choice for hosting the day-night Tests. Brisbane, too, has played host to pink-ball cricket between Australia and Pakistan last year.

James Sutherland, CA s Chief Executive, expressed desire of hosting two day-night Tests next summer to ABC Radio, given Sri Lanka will tour Australia as well.

‘It’s very much in the hands of the home country to make judgments’

I would anticipate there’s not going to be too much problem there. As we’ve discussed at ICC level, it’s very much in the hands of the home country to make judgments on what they think is best. Certainly it’s pretty well telegraphed that from our perspective we’d be playing at least one day-night Test match every summer.

‘We would expect to draw a bigger crowd from India compared to Sri Lanka’

Certainly India, we would expect to draw a bigger crowd (compared to Sri Lanka). That will be the first four Tests of the summer. It’s not all about that, it’s also about how it fits; there are considerations like weather in different parts of the country at different times of the year. They’re all the things we need to balance and make a call on over the course of the next few weeks before announcing that final schedule.

‘Adelaide is the natural venue for day-night Test cricket’

Certainly we’ve always felt Adelaide is the natural venue for day-night Test cricket. We played in Brisbane as well and I think that’s worked well, we didn’t do it this year for an Ashes but I think going forward we would see at least Brisbane and Adelaide as being day-night Test venues. I know (Australia Day) is a very traditional timeline for Adelaide and the South Australian Cricket Association and this stadium, but at the same time they’re also becoming increasingly attracted to this day-night Test match at this time of year. We’ll obviously talk that through with them and with others who have an interest in hosting an Indian Test and a Sri Lankan Test.