CA wants India to play 2 day-night Tests in Australia: Report
In a competitive cricketing world, India vs Australia still continues to be of the biggest rivalry. Virat Kohli’s No.1 ranked Test side in the world is geared to travel Down Under and kick-start their rivalry in the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy in November 2020 and if reports doing the rounds are to be believed, the four-match Test series could turn out to be the first-ever series to stage two pink ball affairs.
While Melbourne and Sydney are likely to host the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests, two of Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide Oval will be in huge contention for the two Day Night fixtures which is certain to draw massive numbers to the stadium.
Though nothing has been finalized yet, as per a report published in ESPNCricinfo, a Cricket Australia delegation, chaired by chairman Earl Eddings, is all set to meet the BCCI administration on the sidelines of the three-match ODI series between the two teams in mid-January.
“Negotiations have not yet begun, but we’ll mention that when we’re over there in January talking during the one-day series. As you build that trust and build that relationship you have that chat.” Eddings said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
After a successful Pink ball Test in Kolkata, Indian captain Virat Kohli had said that he was “open to anything” considering the fact that if it were enough practice games in place ahead of the event. Then, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had also reckoned that “When we tour, we will deal as per the request of the [host] board”. Cricket Australia will make that request now.
“Pleasingly they’ve played their first day-night Test and won easily. Now they’ve got through that it might give them the right build-up to it over here. I’ve got no doubt they’ll consider playing one and maybe even more day-night Test matches. But that’s down the track to when we catch up with them in January.” said Eddings.
“Still working through that, it’s a normal tour in that they’re playing four Test matches, we’ve got one against Afghanistan. Ideally we want to be playing five Tests against India, hopefully, in the future, we can do that as well,” hopes Eddings