2 Nov 2012

India not enthused by day-night tests

8:09 am on 2 November 2012

A top cricket official in India says they are unlikely to embrace the concept of day-night test matches 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 is lukewarm towards the idea after having tried the concept in a domestic final in 1997, when bowlers struggled due to the heavy evening dew and frequent changes of the white ball.

Crowds are dwindling at test matches in India even as one-day and Twenty20 cricket enjoys wide interest.

Cricket Australia conceded that day-night tests were not imminent, since an ideal ball had yet to be found.