Adelaide loses worldwide cricket on Australia Day

Arnold Nichols
May 5, 2018

Cricket Australia (CA) said it was continuing discussions with the BCCI with a view to playing their first day-night test in Adelaide from December 6-10.

Australia has hosted New Zealand, South Africa and England in day-night tests at Adelaide Oval, winning all three of the pink ball matches.

However, with the players making their intentions clear, the question of playing the pink-ball Test in Adelaide doesn't arise, a CoA member told The Indian Express.

"There has been no formal discussion as yet with the players on the day-night Test, but the general consensus among players is that they are not yet accustomed to it".

Women's worldwide cricket will bookend the summer, with Australia playing three T20Is against New Zealand in September-October - which leads into the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November - and then a three-match ODI series against the same opponents in February-March.

"The CoA spoke to Ravi Shastri (the Indian team head coach) on April 12 and Shastri categorically mentioned that he has consulted with the team and the team is not ready to play pink-ball cricket just now".

"It's a summer which will contain plenty of high-quality cricket and some exciting new additions to the Australian cricket calendar", Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said.

Last week, during an interview with this paper, the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary had said: "As far as the board is concerned, there's negligible opposition".

Australia will take on arch rivals India at the 60,000-seat venue in the second Test from December 14-18.

Canberra's Manuka Oval will host its maiden Test when Australia round out their home summer of cricket in game two against Sri Lanka from February 1.

India and Bangladesh are the only two high-profile Test-playing nations to have not played a day-night Test yet.

Cricket Australia (CA) is eager to host India for day-night test match at Adelaide this year, after releasing their worldwide playing schedule on Monday. South Africa were initially reluctant to play their 2016 Test under lights at Adelaide, fearing the hosts would have an unfair advantage.

Australia, incidentally, will play a day-night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba from January 24-28 next year.

I hope so. Of the top eight or nine teams, it's only Bangladesh and India that haven't committed and I've always said it is part of the future of Test cricket.

The decision by Cricket Australia reiterates their committment to developing professional cricket on the Gold Coast.

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