India won't play day-night Test matches till players are ready, says CoA chief Vinod Rai

"Till the time Indian players say that they are ready to play day-night matches there will be no day-night matches that India will play," Rai said.

PTI, May 17, 2018

New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai on Thursday firmly backed the Indian cricket team's decision of not playing day-night pink ball Test against Australia during the upcoming tour Down Under at the end of the year.

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"What's wrong in us wanting to win all the matches? Any team that steps out on a pitch wants to win. 30 years back they said India play Test matches only to draw but they don't say that anymore," Rai said at historian Boria Majumdar's book launch.

The former CAG said that India will play day-night Tests only when the players are ready.

"Till the time Indian players say that they are ready to play day-night matches there will be no day-night matches that India will play."

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri also defended the board's decision.

"Who we play, when we play, where we play and how we play is our prerogative. We will back everything for the Indian team to play to win," said Johri.

The move by many has been perceived by many as India's win at all costs strategy.

Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh however, has labelled the move as "selfish".

"It's a little bit selfish from India's point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket," Waugh said on Australia's Big Sports Breakfast radio show.

Interestingly, India, who are slated to host West Indies in a two-match Test series before flying to Australia, were expected to play one day-night Test in October which is now not happening.

Rai said that BCCI has done 90 percent things correctly over the years and the 10 percent that needs to be corrected will be done in due course of time.

"BCCI had done tremendous work in terms of building infrastructure. Ninety percent of the things that they have done is good work. It is the 10 percent work that needs a course correction and that will be done," he said.

Updated Date: May 17, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
13 8 5 0 16
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
13 6 7 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114