India says no to pink ball cricket

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Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that the Adelaide test between India and Australia will not be a D/N match.

The game scheduled to be played in December will now be held during normal daylight hours using a traditional red ball.

BCCI Secretary, Amitabh Choudhary had written to CA, saying that India is not yet ready to play with the pink ball. The current ICC playing conditions stipulate that a home nation can only host a day-night Test match ‘with the agreement of the visiting board.’

“We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed Day-Night Test in Adelaide this summer,” A CA spokesperson quoted as saying.

“Whilst we appreciate some Adelaide fans may be disappointed, we know how popular the Adelaide Test is and looking forward to hosting India there in December. We are omitted to hosting at least one Day-Night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket, and we are excited about the Day-Night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in January,” it added.

Australia has won all their four pink ball tests that they have played. The historic first game began in Adelaide in 2015.

India is world’s top-ranked team. The suspension of the skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for a period of one year means the Aussies will be below full strength and India, sensing a chance for their first Test series win in Australia, have decided the variable of a pink-ball game would give the hosts an advantage.

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