India to play day-night Test match: Report
KOlkata: The prospect of the Adelaide Test continuing its budding day-night tradition would appear to have grown with India reportedly giving the green light to a pink-ball debut ahead of their Test tour of Australia.
Virat Kohli's side are set to resume their rivalry with Australia for a four-Test series this summer but the prospect of Adelaide Oval again hosting its annual fixture under lights has been in doubt given India's reluctance to embrace the relatively new concept.
But reports out of Kolkata, where an ICC meeting is on, indicated on Tuesday one of the two Tests India will play on home soil against West Indies later this year will be a floodlit game.
"I had consulted the Indian team management, the selectors, the office bearers and all were in agreement that one of the two Tests against West Indies will be a day-night Test," the Board of Control for Cricket in India's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said, according to a report. The Windies, who have already agreed in principle to play one of their two Tests against India under lights, will take on their hosts in Hyderabad and Rajkot in October. The decision to play one of those matches (it's unknown which one will be selected) as a day-night affair would indicate India's aversion to the concept has eased. India and Bangladesh are the only two Test-playing nations (excluding newcomers Ireland and Afghanistan, who are yet to play their inaugural matches) not to have played a day-night Test. The Adelaide Test has been a day-night fixture for the last three seasons but Cricket Australia's hopes of continuing that tradition are dependent on the approval of the Indian board.