In one of the major developments from the BCCI’s apex council meeting in New Delhi, it was decided that India will host England in a day-night Test at the Ahmedabad’s newly constructed stadium. According to Cricbuzz, it was also understood that India has agreed to feature in a Day-night Test against Australia later this year.
Team India is scheduled to play a four-match Test series against Australia post the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 on their tour down under. India’s move in agreeing to play a D/N Test on away soil arises from the deliberations held between Cricket Australia (CA) Earl Eddings and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly during Australia’s recent tour of India for a three-match ODI series.
Even during India’s tour of Australia in 2018-19, the Cricket Australia proposed to host a D/N Test at Adelaide, but the Indian team management rejected the idea citing reasons of unfamiliarity with an untested experiment with the Pink ball.
However, after playing their maiden Pink Ball Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens last year, most of the Indian players looked confident after having reservations on playing it in Australia on their last tour. Ganguly even confirmed that Adelaide will host the D/N Test while the MCG continues to be the home to the traditional Boxing Day Test in 2020.
While there were much talks regarding the need for conducting a day-night fixture in each Test series, the board has taken the decision for India’s second Pink Ball Test at the home soil during the Test series against England next year.
England is expected to tour India for a five-match Test series in January-February 2021 and in all likelihood, might play one among the five Tests as a D/N encounter at the newly built Motera Stadium.
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium, which is known to have a capacity of 1,10,000 spectators, the highest for any cricket stadium in the world, will be inaugurated by US President Donald Trump on February 24.
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