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India will not play day/night Test in Adelaide

Australia wanted the opening Test at Adelaide from December 6-10 to be a pink ball Test match.The BCCI has officially informed Cricket Australia that India will not play any Day/Night Test match on their tour of Australia at the end of this year.

While Cricket Australia were insistent on having a pink ball Test, which has been a convention for all touring teams for the past few years, the Indian board has made it clear that they will not deviate from the traditional red-ball matches. The Indian team management, headed by chief coach Ravi Shastri, had told BCCI that the team will take at least 18 months to prepare for the Day/Night Test.

“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. Under the circumstances, I regret to say that the proposed D/N Test cannot be played and all Tests will have to have the conventional structure,” Mr. Choudhary wrote in his e-mail to Mr. Sutherland. "We can confirm that we have received advice from the BCCI that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night Test in Adelaide this summer," CA chief James Sutherland said. Earlier Cricket Australia was trying to convince India to begin its four-match Test series of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a day-night game at Adelaide from December 6-10. “It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” said CA CEO James Sutherland. Also, Mr. Sutherland had told a radio station in Australia that India’s reluctance to play the pink ball Test was primarily because of their urge to win the series. Australia has not lost a single Test match under lights played at home.

Australians are desperate to highlight their supremacy in Pink ball cricket and wanted India to play the Day-Night pink ball Test at Adelaide when they get to host India later this year. They’ve already played four Pink Ball Tests against various opponents at home and smashed the living daylights out of all of them. They hope to add India’s scalp to the belt.

India, on the other hand have little experience with pink ball cricket. Some cricketers have played in a couple of domestic tournaments but the overwhelming majority of the national players don’t have any exposure to it. On the other hand, among Indian players, only Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have played Day/Night pink ball matches in Duleep Trophy.

There is one group of fans who question India’s participation and calling it as Aussies push into committing suicide in Australia! The mere fact that the host in a bid to protect the colour and gloss of the pink ball for a longer time, goes the extra mile to roll out a greener pitch with an outfield which too is as lush as possible.

This will work against Indian batsmen, particularly in the very first Test. However the other side of the argument is as the number one Test nation, India should not worry playing on any surfaces. Kohli has always claimed that he and the team are ready to face any challenges.

An ardent cricket fan, Azhar Pathan of Adelaide says India's refusal to accept this new format is disappointing.

"I was looking forward to going to Adelaide Oval with my family to witness India's first pink ball day-night test match. It would have been a great opportunity to see India's first game with these new features. "Their decision to not play a day-night is very disappointing. It is quite hot in summer. It would have been great if they had agreed to play in the evening," he says.

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