Sup­port for night tests

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE — The cricket boards of all ma­jor Test-play­ing na­tions have thrown their sup­port be­hind day-night matches and nearly half in­tend to host a game un­der lights in the next 12 months, ac­cord­ing to Cricket Aus­tralia boss James Suther­land.

Aus­tralia hosted the first day-night Test against New Zealand in Ade­laide last year and will play Pak­istan in an­other match un­der lights in Bris­bane in De­cem­ber.

South Africa’s play­ers have balked at an in­vi­ta­tion to play Aus­tralia in a day-night match in Novem­ber, how­ever, cit­ing con­cerns about the spe­cially de­vel­oped pink ball and their rel­a­tive in­ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing it.

Suther­land, who met with South African of­fi­cials dur­ing an In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil meet­ing in Dubai on Sun­day, said no fi­nal de­ci­sion on the Ade­laide Test could be ex­pected un­til Proteas play­ers re­turned home from the In­dian Premier League tour­na­ment.

But he said day-night tests in gen­eral had unan­i­mous sup­port from the top na­tions’ boards.

“What I heard from (ICC) full mem­ber coun­try CEO’S in meet­ing was a very broad-rang­ing com­mit­ment to daynight Test cricket and in­deed three or four full mem­ber coun­tries are plan­ning on host­ing Test cricket un­der lights in the course of the next 12 months, which is very en­cour­ag­ing,” Suther­land told re­porters at CA’S Mel­bourne head­quar­ters on Tues­day.

“Cer­tainly In­dia, Pak­istan are very keen to play day-night Test cricket, I know New Zealand are also keen. To a per­son, full mem­ber coun­tries and their CEOS stated their ab­so­lute sup­port of Test cricket be­ing played un­der lights.”

The first day-night Test drew huge crowds to Ade­laide Oval and big tele­vi­sion au­di­ences, help­ing to off­set dis­ap­point­ing at­ten­dances to the sea­sonopen­ing tests against New Zealand in Bris­bane and Perth. — Reuters

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