Pakistan and West Indies to play second ever day-night Test in Dubai

PTI, Aug, 25 2016

Karachi: Pakistan and the West Indies will play a day and night Test in Dubai from 13-17 October, making it the second ever five-day international match to be held under lights.

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday issued the itinerary for the home series against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates which will include three Tests, three One-day Internationals and as many T20 Internationals.

File photo of Pakistan Cricket Team. Getty Images

File photo of Pakistan Cricket Team. Getty Images

Interestingly the PCB has opted for just three ODIs although their team is languishing at ninth position in the ICC rankings and requires to win more matches to climb up the ladder to avoid having to qualify for the World Cup 2019.

According to the itinerary the day and night Test will be organized with a Kookaburra pink ball after the West Indies cricket board (WICB) agreed to the experiment.

Test cricket's only day and night Test was organized last year in Australia where the hosts played against New Zealand.

The West Indies have been given a three-day practice match against the PCB patrons eleven under lights at Sharjah to prepare them for the day and night Test.

The series which the PCB unsuccessfully tried to move to Sri Lanka begins with the T20 series from 23 September in Dubai.

The two other T20 matches are scheduled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the 24th and 27th followed by the ODI series on 30 September, 2 and 5 October in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The Test matches are scheduled from 13-17 October in Dubai, 21-25 October in Abu Dhabi and 30 October to 3 November in Sharjah.

The PCB has also announced it will be holding eleven matches of its premier first class competition, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy under lights with the pink ball as it tries to embrace the concept of day and night Test.

Published Date: Aug 25, 2016 | Updated Date: Aug 25, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115