Richard Hadlee is a former New Zealand's legendary bowler with 431 Test wickets © Getty Images
Richard Hadlee is a former New Zealand’s legendary bowler with 431 Test wickets © Getty Images

Former New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee has voiced his opinion on the day-night Test format, citing it as the future of Test cricket. Australia and New Zealand played out the first ever day-night Test last year. While the success in terms of audience was impeccable, the players around the world haven’t been convinced. The idea of playing with pink ball has been met with different views. On one side, players from South Africa had their issues playing a Day-Night Test in their tour to Australia, citing lack of experience and knowledge. On the other side, legends like Sourav Ganguly and Dean Jones have backed day-night Test to be successful worldwide. ALSO READ: Dean Jones: Pink ball cricket will be reality everywhere

Sir Hadlee has his own views on this format. He said, “You try (because) it is the game of the future. Probably one Test in a series is fair enough. I think most people like to see the traditional format during the day”, quoted cricket.com.au.

He also said spoke about the challenges of having pink ball Test in India. “It is important for the players to have practice games; you cannot ask them to go out there and ask them to play a day-night game against the pink ball. It is unrealistic in a professional environment era. That needs to be tried and tested, so players can get some confidence.”

“Conditions are different all around the world, so we don’t really know how the pink ball is going to work here in India and that’s why players need to have those practice game.”

India had planned to test out the pink ball with a day-night Test in Duleep Trophy. But with rain threat looming, the chances of the match taking place seems low. It could serve as a huge barrier for the future day-night Tests. India’s expected pink ball Test against New Zealand can be in danger if the situation isn’t tested beforehand.