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Ravi Shastri © AFP

India will not be playing day-night Test in Adelaide during the upcoming tour to Australia later this year, according to BCCI sources.

Recently, Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri also met the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and informed them that the management and the team need more time to prepare for the Test matches under lights.

Shastri met the CoA members in April and said that the team wasn’t averse to the idea of the concept if global administrators of the game wanted to pursue it. However, Shastri believed there isn’t sufficient time available to prepare for the pink-ball affair under light and it would ideally take around 12 to 18 months before they can prepare for the same.

As per the decision of CoA, BCCI acting secretary has reportedly conveyed the board’s decision to not play pink-ball Test to the Cricket Australia (CA).

India refuse to play day-night Test during Australia tour
India refuse to play day-night Test during Australia tour

A report in The Times of India, revealed the contents of the email that COA chief Vinod Rai wrote to BCCI.

The mail stated: “The CoA had a discussion with the head coach of the senior men’s team on April 12, during which he apprised the committee that whilst the team and the management are not averse to playing Day-Night Tests, they want sufficient preparation time.”

Earlier, Cricket Australia (CA) had confirmed that their opening match of the series against India will be held at the Adelaide Oval, adding that they were still trying to convince the BCCI to play it under lights.

It should be noted that Adelaide Oval had hosted day-night Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and England in the recent years.

Australia are slated to play three-match T20I series against India from November 21 to November 25 followed by their Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Adelaide from December 6. The rest of the Tests will be played at Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Australia will play three-match ODI series against India, beginning January 12 at Sydney.

James Sutherland, CEO of CA, believes that India’s refusal to play the day-night Test is driven by their desperation to win in Australia for the first time.

(Inputs from ANI)