The BCCI forced Cricket Australia to scrap the idea of a day-night Test against India in December.
CA suggested that the opening Test at Adelaide from 6-10 December should be a pink ball Test match, but the BCCI refused to stick to conventions which have seen touring teams participate in a pink-ball Test Down Under.
According to hindustantimes, the India team management and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) instructed interim secretory Amitabh Choudhary to inform CA chief executive James Sutherland about their decision.
‘I am directed to say by the Committee of Administrators that India would begin to play in the format only in about a year’s time. Under the circumstances, I regret to say that the proposed day-night Test cannot be played and all tests will have to have the conventional structure.’
CA chief Sutherland released a follow-up statement saying: ‘We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night Test in Adelaide this summer. As a result, we can now confirm this Test match will be a day format.’
Australia played four day-night Tests since 2015 and won all four, where the No 1 Test side have yet to play under floodlights in the longest format.
‘I think everyone in world cricket knows that to be frank, I think [India] want to come out here and beat us,’ Sutherland told Australia’s SEN Radio.
‘We are committed to hosting at least one day-night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket.’
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