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Bangladesh not yet ready for D/N Tests


Bangladesh have not yet played a day-night pink ball Test match since the feature been added to this format in this century. With the experiments being done by some of other countries, Bangladesh are still to play a D/N Test.

Bangladesh not yet ready for D/N Tests
Bangladesh turned down New Zealand’s D/N Test proposal in 2016 earlier. ©Getty Images

 

India and Bangladesh are the only Test playing nations who are yet to play a D/N Test. Except these two countries, all teams apart from Ireland and Afghanistan have played at least one Test match under the lights. Zimbabwe played a four-day D/N Test against South Africa on Boxing Day last year.

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India are reluctant of playing Test matches under lights due to lack of preparation although they have done some experiment in first-class matches. The same reason goes for Bangladesh. The only time a first-class match played with the pink ball in Bangladesh was in the BCL (Bangladesh Cricket League) final in 2013.

New Zealand Cricket announced their schedule against Bangladesh for 2018-19 Season. NZC wanted the first of the three Tests in Seddon Park to be a D/N encounter but BCB denied it. They turned down the same proposal from NZC in 2016-17 as well.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said that they would not take a risk of playing a day-night Test match without having the preparation of playing day-night first-class matches.

“After an approach made by the New Zealand board, we spoke to our team management,” Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo. “We have been seeing it positively but since our players don’t have an opportunity to play day-night matches in domestic longer-version tournaments, we felt that it wouldn’t be right to play a day-night Test.

“We are looking to try pink ball at the domestic level first, and then play a day-night Test at home. After that, we want to play day-night in away Tests. We will hold discussions at the policy level at the board, as well as with the players when they return from West Indies.”

New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe didn’t play a D/N first-class match before playing their first Test under lights. New Zealand and Sri Lanka have started D/N matches in first-class cricket since then.

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