Day-night Tests close to reality after apex body gives the nod
NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has thrown open the doors to herald a sort of revolution in the game, by giving permission to members to stage day-night Tests. The issue has occupied the governing body over the last two years and there has been a fair bit of back and forth, particularly to decide on the kind of ball that would be best suited for a night game.
According to a proposal ratified by the ICC board after its cricket committee gave its recommendations in May, it would now be up to teams playing in a bilateral series to decide whether to play play day-night matches.
“The home and visiting boards will decide on the hours of play which will be six hours of scheduled play per day while the two boards will also decide on the precise brand, type and colour of the ball to be used for the match.”
With the Twenty20 cricket taking roots quickly, the ICC and national boards have voiced concerns over poor attendance for Tests. And a late afternoon start is expected to allow fans to come in after their day’s work, something which has worked well in the shortest format.
The governing body has even provided for shortening the inter- vals during the lunch (40 minutes) and tea (20 minutes) breaks. The two teams can apply to the ICC to have uniform breaks of 30 minutes each.
The ICC board meeting in June had announced that there was no opposition to introducing daynight cricket, after its cricket committee met in May and discussed reports on the development and feasibility of using different coloured balls for day-night Tests and first-class games. The panel had received a report from the Marylebone Cricket Club on the experiences of their annual games in Abu Dhabi, reports from Australia, England and Pakistan as well as spectator feedback.
Market research on the appeal of D/N Tests had recognised that it might be better suited to certain markets, particularly India, New Zealand and South Africa.