Day-night Tests close to re­al­ity af­ter apex body gives the nod

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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