India not enthused by day-night Tests
India are unlikely to embrace the concept of daynight Test matches, a top official said on Wednesday, because a previous experiment in first-class cricket fell flat.
The International Cricket Council announced this week that Tests can now be played under lights, with rival teams deciding on the hours of play and the colour of the ball to be used. Cricket Australia applauded the move, but the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was lukewarm towards the idea despite having tried the concept in a domestic final in 1997.
"We were the first to experiment with this and our experience was not so great," said the BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty.
"At this stage we have no such proposal." The BCCI held the five-day Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Delhi under lights in Gwalior in April 1997. Bowlers struggled due to the heavy evening dew and frequent changes of the white ball.