India selfish in not playing pink-ball Test match: Mark Waugh

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

India have declined to play their maiden day-night test against Australia, leaving the December 6-10 series-opener in Adelaide a day match. This has led to Waugh calling them selfish, who feels that pink-ball is a great way to revitalise the slow death of Test cricket in an age where the shorter formats get most views. The recent decision by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to block any attempt to play the Adelaide Test between Australian and the Indian Cricket Team during the upcoming Australia tour under lights has not gone too well. "Working alongside my fellow selectors, the coaching staff and players over the past four years has been a privilege, and I'm proud of the achievements of the Australian teams across all formats in this time", he said. "Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be".

Bangladesh, Ireland and India are three nations who are yet to play with a pink ball. India have already decided not to play pink-ball Test match. "So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test", he added.

He leaves to join pay-tv company Fox Sports, which along with the free-to-air Seven Network won a bidding war last month for television and digital cricket rights in Australia in a six-year deal worth nearly Aus$1.2 billion (US$918 million). Cricket Australia's proposal to the BCCI to host the Indian team in the day-night match was rejected via an email by BCCI's acting secretary to CA CEO James Sutherland, confirming that Australia's Adelaide will not be a pink-ball affair. Ireland have just made their Test debut and might make their pink-ball debut soon as well.

"Their challenge will be to bring some younger players through, because they're a pretty old team", Waugh said.

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