India likely to play Day-Night Test during Australia tour later this year

Written by Rohit Pawar

India are set to play a Day-Night Test during their much-anticipated tour of Australia later this year, BCCI sources said on Sunday.

This comes a little over a month after captain Virat Kohli asserted that his team was ready to play a Day-Night Test anywhere in Australia.

“India are most likely to play a day/night Test during the Australia tour,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

India played their maiden Day-Night Test against Bangladesh last November at the Eden Gardens, winning the match quite comfortably with plenty of time to spare.

On the eve of India’s three-match ODI series opener at home against Australia last month, Kohli had said, “We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us. It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing Day-Night Tests.”

India declined Australia’s offer to play a Day-Night Test in Adelaide in 2018-19, citing lack of experience.

With Day-Night match seen as a possible answer to Test cricket’s dwindling attendances, Australia had been hoping that India will agree to play one game at the Gabba this year.

A Cricket Australia (CA) delegation met top BCCI officials on the sidelines of a limited-overs series in January with the Day-Night Test figuring on the agenda.

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