The recent decision by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to block any attempt to play the Adelaide Test between Australian and the Indian Cricket Team during the upcoming Australia tour under lights has not gone too well. Why is the BCCI unconvinced by the day-night format, and why are Indian Cricket Bosses unsure about the day-night format of the Test cricket?
Mark Waugh, former Australian cricketer turned commentator, has blamed India for being selfish in not playing pink-ball Test match. Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they've got a string of fast bowlers, so they don't just rely on the spinners, and their batsmen are technically very good as well. "So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test". Indian cricket board started to accept the ODI cricket format, almost after a decade, when the first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Waugh sounded amazed at why India does not want to play pink-ball cricket given the amount of skills and talent on offer.
Looking at the current scenario.
Mark Waugh will finish up as a national selector for the Australian cricket team after taking up a commentating role with pay TV broadcaster, Fox Sports. It might be only after that BCCI would consider the move and join teams who have played with the pink ball.
Bangladesh, Ireland and India are three nations who are yet to play with a pink ball. Ireland have just made their Test debut and might make their pink-ball debut soon as well. It ended cricket's four-decade relationship with the rival Nine Network and also sidelined the CBS-backed Ten Network, which had previously screened Big Bash League games.