WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: David White New Zealand Cricket chief executive warned every Test-playing nation on Thursday that playing day and night test matches with Pink Ball is essential for the survival of Test matches in future.
Australia and New Zealand were the first the nations to play day and night Test in Adelaide last year which manged to attract huge crowds to rival those at limited-overs versions of the game.
After match players from both sides complained about playing with the pink ball, intended to be more visible under floodlights, and some conservatives felt it undermined a Test tradition dating back to 1877.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive White said there was strong enthusiasm for more day-night Tests at a meeting of the International Cricket Council board in Dubai last weekend.
He added the point that fans fully supported it and also got a good response from television broadcasters, expressing confidence that players would eventually come around.
I think the players will be very supportive going forward, (day-night Test cricket) is essential for the survival of the format, to be honest.
White said conducting day-nighters would never dominate Test cricket but with the requirements of time when most series included a match played under lights is a suitable option.
It provides an opportunity for the game to be more accessible to the fans and we’ve got to listen to them, they drive the revenue, they drive the game.
We’ve got to uphold the traditions of the game — I’m as traditional as anyone — but we’ve got to look to the future as well.
Players raised concerns after the Adelaide Test about the pink ball’s movement and durability, as well as the difficulty batsmen faced seeing it under lights.
South Africa’s players have also refused to commit to a day-night Test later this year in Adelaide; Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said last week.
Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said “fine tuning” would solve the problems, insisting New Zealand’s players backed the concept of day-night Tests.
I think it’s inevitable that we’ll play a lot more day-night cricket over the coming years.
BCCI officials had emphasized this trend and last week they would play a pink-ball Test against New Zealand when the Black Caps tour later this year.
He said administrators in India saw it as a way to raise the profile of Test cricket.
They realize that they have got an issue with their crowds at Test match cricket.
While T20 and one-day cricket are huge, they do struggle to get big crowds for Test matches.
According to him, it would be an honor to be involved in the first pink-ball Test played in India if the fixture goes ahead.
To play in front of a full house in India in a Test match would be pretty special