BCCI unlikely to go ahead with Pink ball test against Australia: Reports


The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly decided not to host a pink ball test against Australia in the upcoming tour.

India vs Australia test series will commence in February 2023. The series will be the last series played by both nations in this World Test Championship cycle. While Australia is comfortable at the top of the rankings, India is struggling to find a place in the finals.

The upcoming Border-Gavaskar test series will be extremely crucial for Team India. They have to win all four matches in order to qualify for the finals of the WTC. Besides, the four-match test series will take place in India.

BCCI unwilling to host a day-night test match

It was earlier reported that the first test match between India and Australia was supposed to be a pink ball day-night test match in Ahemdabad. Ahemdabad previously hosted a pink ball test between India and England. However, the plan is unlikely to go ahead.

If reports are to be believed, BCCI is unwilling to host any pink ball test in India. The board believes that it is not feasible to successfully host day-night tests in India as the previous matches could not last the entire 5 day duration. Only six out of the 20 pink ball tests played since its inauguration, made it to the fifth day. Hence, the BCCI is skeptical and unwilling to host the day-night test match.

A BCCI spokesperson addressed the media during the auction on the issue. The official said that hosting a pink ball test creates a lot of issues that are difficult to resolve.

“It leads to a lot of issues, particularly with the public who would purchase tickets for five days,”

Besides, Australia has a 100% winning record in pink ball tests. They have played 11 matches so far and won all 11.

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