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Indian Cricket Team And BCCI Refuse To Play Day-Night Test Match During Australian Tour

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| May 1 , 2018 , 13:17 IST

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the players are unwilling to play a day-night test match at Adelaide when the team tours Australia later this year, media reported on Tuesday.

The Indian players and team management have said that they are not ready yet to play pink ball cricket.

“The CoA spoke to Ravi Shastri (the Indian team head coach) on 12 April and Shastri categorically mentioned that he has consulted with the team and the team is not ready to play pink-ball cricket just now. So a question of playing a day-night Test match in Adelaide just doesn’t arise,” a Committee of Administrators (CoA) was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

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Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland told reporters in Australia on Monday that efforts to convince the BCCI are still on.

“It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” Sutherland said. The CA, however, announced the home summer schedule without mentioning the start time of the Adelaide Test.

With the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, this is the best chance that the Indian Cricket team can get to register a test series win in Australia, a place where they have suffered hammering defeats in recent years.