In­dia not en­thused by day-night Tests

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MUM­BAI

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.

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