The BCCI has approved the Indian Cricket Team to play one day-night Test against Australia out of the four matches scheduled for their 2020-21 tour of Australia. The matches are likely to be held between December and January. The BCCI has also chalked in Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel Stadium, which is likely to host a day-night Test during the five-match series against England, to be played in January-February 2021.
The decisions were taken by the BCCI’s Apex Council on Sunday, which was attended by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah.
Regarding the pink ball Test, the BCCI council met with the Cricket Australia delegation led by chairman Earl Eddings in January who wanted to host two pink-ball Tests against India, but the BCCI gave the nod for just one. “Two out of four would be a bit too much with the pink ball,” said Sourav Ganguly.
Sourav Ganguly, ever since took up as the President of BCCI, has encouraged and supported the move of India to play more day-night Test cricket, and India played their maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in November last year.
Speaking about the day-night Tests in Australia, Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli said,” “We played the day-night Test [against Bangladesh] here, we were pretty happy with how it went,” Kohli said. “It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing day-night Tests. We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us, we have the skillsets as a team now to compete against anyone in the world, anywhere, in any format of the game, whether it’s white ball, red ball or pink ball, we’re ready to play anything.”