The Indian cricket board has indicated that soon they will decide the future of playing and hosting day-night Test cricket in India. The idea of the day-night Test is not very new in the cricketing world and the first match was played between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide in November 2015.
After Ireland and Afghanistan got the Test nation status, the number of Test playing countries reached 12 and among them, eight nations have already played pink-ball five-day matches under lights excluding India. Considering India’s colossal status in the game, everybody wanted them to see playing with the pink ball under lights, and the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that a decision on hosting the first ever day-night Test in India will be taken soon.
"This question has been popping up every now and then (about playing and hosting day-night Test) and rightly so. A decision will be taken sooner than later but not in the context of this Test match against Afghanistan," said Choudhary on Tuesday as quoted by PTI.
In the first-ever day-night game, Australia won it by three wickets against the Black Caps and recently, Australia played a day-night contest against England during the Ashes series. The second game of the series was played under lights in Adelaide where again the Kangaroos emerged victorious winning it by 120 runs.
Before the series against India, South Africa had played a much-talked day-night game against Zimbabwe as it was a four-day affair. The Proteas used that game to warm-up themselves ahead of the three-match Test series against India as they handed a defeat to Zimbabwe by an innings and 120 runs.
Till now, nine day-night Tests have been played with the pink ball. Earlier, Anurag Thakur, the former BCCI president, declared that Team India will be hosting their first-ever day-night Test against New Zealand in 2016 but that idea didn’t come on the floor.