Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri don't want to play a day-night Test on Australia tour

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri don’t want to play a day-night Test on Australia tour

The team management believes that day-night Test will give an advantage to Australia, hence they are not willing to play the D/N game on tour.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India is set to play a four-Test series against Australia starting towards the end of the year. On the tour, Cricket Australia wants to host a day-night Test. CA wanted the first match of the series set to be played at the Adelaide, and for it to be a day-night affair. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) consulted the team management before taking a call on this subject.

Virat Kohli not willing to give any advantage

The Indian team that sits at the top of the ICC Test rankings is yet to play a Test with the pink ball. A BCCI source revealed that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) sought the opinion from the team management before making the decision. The team management believes that the day-night Test will give an advantage to Australia, hence they are not willing to be part of this experiment.

“The BCCI COA (Committee of Administrators) had sought the opinion of coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli on the matter. And they are not keen to give any advantage to Australia,” the official said as quoted by India Today.

The Aussies have hosted four day-night Tests in the past, including three at Adelaide. They have won all four Tests played under the lights, as they seem to make the most of the moving pink ball.

“Adelaide may well host the first Test of the tour and the moving pink ball would become their best bet to win,” the BCCI official added.

India is yet to play day-night Test

India and Bangladesh are the only two full member nations yet to feature in a day-night Test. The BCCI future tours and fixtures committee had initially planned to host one of the two Tests against Windies to be played under lights.

The decision to back out from the day-night Test in Australia can have an effect on this plan too and Indian team might have to wait a bit longer to play a Test match under lights.

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