Day-night Ashes Test at Adelaide    Getty Images
Day-night Ashes Test at Adelaide Getty Images

Last month Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland was of the opinion to have more of day-night Test cricket to draw crowd attention. He believed this could make Test cricket more accessible to fans. He even came up with the decision of having one day-night Test every summer. For next year CA has proposed a day-night Test with India and a day-night Test against Sri Lanka. Although BCCI have not shown keen interest towards the concept, every other team have played under lights. Sourav Ganguly had also shown interest in day-night cricket in India as well. Sri Lanka played their first against Pakistan in UAE in October.

Australia and England played their first day-night match at Adelaide in the ongoing 2017-18 Ashes that saw an official attendance of 55,000. However, the 2019 Ashes would not witness any day-night Test. ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison has ruled out scheduling of day-night Test when Australia tour England in 2019.

Harrison was astonished to know a crowd of 88,000 were in attendance for the ongoing MCG Boxing Day Test over the long weekend. In a chat with ESPNcricinfo, Harrison spoke in detail about the schedule of 2019 Ashes, crowd drawn to Boxing Day Test and FTP schedule.

Day-night Test in 2019 Ashes is unlikely

It’s to be decided, but it’s unlikely, to be honest. I think we’ve got a format that works brilliantly well for us in Ashes cricket in the UK. Right time, right place, right conditions are the rules for day-night Test cricket, I think we’ll wait and see, but it’s unlikely I would say.

An astonishing achievement to get this amount of people watching Test cricket

It’s an astonishing achievement to get this amount of people watching Test cricket and it’s a great advert for where we are as an Ashes series, but of course the Ashes is not the standard marker for what Test cricket is actually facing around the world. So we’ve got to take a look at that, James and I are involved in a similar debate at ICC about how we make sure that Test cricket is relevant, it has context and meaning and the conditions under which it is played can guarantee as much as possible fantastic entertainment for fans around the world.

On FTP schedule

I think there are significant challenges there, but I think we’re doing the right thing by looking at the FTP in a meaningful way, trying to create a Test Championship around the FTP, which we’re very close to doing. Once you’ve got a Championship format where every series matters we can start looking at the details that sit behind that.