In­dia cap­tain Kohli calls day-night test a ‘land­mark’

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NAG­PUR: In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli is “ex­cited” Aus­tralia and New Zealand have agreed to play cricket’s first daynight test and called the match start­ing on Fri­day at the Ade­laide Oval a “land­mark” oc­ca­sion. The long­est for­mat of the game, played over five days, has seen dwin­dling crowds at grounds and ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ing body the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC), daynight tests are an ef­fort to ad­dress the prob­lem.

“It is a land­mark test,” Kohli told re­porters on Tues­day ahead of the third test against South Africa which starts in Nag­pur to­day. “It is a big ex­per­i­ment. It is a big step to­wards chang­ing some­thing in test cricket. I hope it works. I hope it can be an­other op­tion as well.

“I’m glad two teams have ac­tu­ally agreed to play an of­fi­cial test like that as an ex­per­i­ment. Credit to Aus­tralia and New Zealand, both, that they have de­cided to do this. “Hope­fully, it will be bet­ter for the game. It will be a step which we all might re­mem­ber a few years down the line. Let’s hope so.”

The 50-over for­mat and the short­est Twenty20 for­mat are al­ready day-night af­fairs across the world, but some Aus­tralian play­ers have ex­pressed con­cerns about the vis­i­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity of the pink ball that will be used in the match. Kohli felt it was a step in the right di­rec­tion to pro­tect test matches.

“If it is of­fi­cially put into place it will be some­thing dif­fer­ent, it will be some­thing ex­cit­ing,” he said. “As crick­eters we all should be will­ing and ac­cept­ing of the fact that we need to step for­ward and con­trib­ute to the game how­ever pos­si­ble. “If this is a step to­wards im­prov­ing the ex­cite­ment and the pop­u­lar­ity of test cricket, then I think ev­ery team should be in for it.” — Reuters

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