India decline day-night Test against Australia

Aubrey Yates
May 8, 2018

The news will come as a frustration for both Cricket Australia and the match-going public in Adelaide given the size and spirit of the event over the last three to four years.

Cricket Australia released a statement today announcing the decision.

India won't play a day-night test at Adelaide Oval this summer after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to participate in the pink ball match.

Australia will be without their two main players, Steven Smith and Daqvid Warner for the series, who are now suspended after being proven guilty for their involvement in a ball-tampering incident.

"It will be Australia's first home Test of the season - against the world No.1-ranked Test side India - and there will be enormous interest both here and overseas", he said.

Cricket Australia wanted the first test match to be played under lights due to the growing popularity of pink-ball cricket in the country and also to give themselves an opportunity to bring in bigger crowds to attend the matches.

"Whilst we appreciate some Adelaide fans may be disappointed, we know how popular the Adelaide Test is and look forward to hosting India there in December", the spokesperson said.

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"We would love, down the track, to host India in a day/night Test match at Adelaide Oval", Bradshaw said.

But India, who are the world's top-ranked team, said they didn't want to play their first day-night Test during such a high-profile series. He said, "We're hoping there will be some sort of regulation in there (the Test Championship) that will allow home teams to fixture at least one day-night Test match".

"It will be Australia's first home Test of the season - against the world No.1 ranked Test side India - and there will be enormous interest both here and overseas".

"I am directed to say by the Committee of Administrators that India would begin to play in the format only in about a year's time".

"With a Thursday start and then a full weekend of cricket, we are confident we will set another record next summer".

Australia play four Tests against India this upcoming summer, as well as three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers.

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