BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirms India's day-night Test fixture in Australia tour of 2020-21, against England in February 2021

India declined Australia’s offer to play a day-night test during their most recent tour Down Under in 2018/19 and were the last major cricket-playing country to play a pink-ball match when they hosted Bangladesh in Kolkata in November.

Reuters, Feb 17, 2020 13:43:11 IST

New Delhi: Confirming reports that emerged in the media on Sunday, India have agreed to play a day-night Test in Australia during the team’s 2020-21 tour, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has said.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirms Indias day-night Test fixture in Australia tour of 2020-21, against England in February 2021

File image of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly (L) and Team India captain Virat Kohli. AFP

India declined Australia’s offer to play a day-night test during their most recent tour Down Under in 2018/19 and were the last major cricket-playing country to play a pink-ball match when they hosted Bangladesh in Kolkata in November.

“A formal announcement will come soon but we have decided to play a day-night Test in Australia,” former captain Ganguly told Monday’s edition of the Times of India newspaper.

“We will also play one against England at home next February. Day-night Tests will be a regular feature from now on.”

Ganguly and Cricket Australia (CA) were not immediately available for comment.

CA had originally suggested playing two day-night tests during the tour but Ganguly had rejected that idea in December.

Ganguly, who took the reins of the BCCI last October, has said he wanted India to play at least one day-night test in every series.

Officials view day-night tests as having the potential to reverse the dwindling attendances seen in some venues as Twenty20 cricket continues to grow in popularity around the world.

CA is expected to announce the series schedule next month but media reports both in India and Australia point to Brisbane or Adelaide, which hosted the first pink-ball Test in 2015, as being the venue for the day-night Test against India.

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Updated Date: Feb 17, 2020 13:43:11 IST


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Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
0 0 0 0 0
8
Hyderabad
0 0 0 0 0
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2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245