CA hopes to permanent Pink ball Test in Adelaide
Cricket Australia is hoping to continue the Day Night Test in Adelaide from the upcoming season.
Since 2015, the Adelaide became the venue of Day Night Test every year, the condition which had been altered in the running season on ground of disapproval from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as India are to be the opponent this year. It can be noted that India are yet to appear in a Day Night Test match.
In the first day of the first Test against India, the Adelaide Oval recorded the lowest ever attendance since the renovation of the stadium back in 2013 that propelled CA to think about re-positioning the pink ball Test as the authority believe that a particular group of fans who are accustomed to watch out the Test match running at night, lost their interest this year.
CA CEO Kevin Roberts told SEN Radio as quoted by Cricbuzz,
“No doubt we have lost that particular group of fans [who like D/N Tests] for this Test. We are looking forward to the day-night Test coming back to Adelaide. You look at the way fans have embraced it. I am an advocate for day-night Test cricket but it doesn’t matter what I think, it’s what the fans think.”
“I would suggest it’s something to do with that it’s not a regular fixture on the calendar, it’s a new venue, and it’s close to Christmas. Hopefully, it goes for five days here [in Adelaide] and the cricket community are inspired to attend in bigger numbers than what we suspect,” Roberts said.
The opening day attendances for the three pink-ball matches in previous three seasons are 47,441 (vs New Zealand in 2015), 32,255 (vs South Africa in 2016) and 55,000 (vs England in 2017) respectively in contrast of day one attendance in Adelaide this year against India which was only 23,802.