The ICC has been continuously planning to launch a new tradition in cricket world by founding the test match at night. For this purpose, an eccentric color for the ball has also been considered which will make the cricket-ball appear in pink color. The match will be played between Australia and New Zealand in some Australian venue which is not as yet decided.
“The challenge is to try to make Test cricket more accessible for fans,” said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.
“We are serious about pushing ahead with the concept of day-night Test cricket. We feel it will only strengthen the position and possibilities for Test cricket in many parts of the world. There are many Test matches played during non-holiday periods when adults are at work and kids are at school. That’s not an idea way to promote the highest form of the game. We’re not talking about playing the Boxing Day Test or New Year’s Test at night. The summer holiday period in Australia really lends itself to Tests, but at other times of the year it can be difficult for fans to attend or watch Test matches,” said Sutherland.
Further he said that the two concerning nations will work together to form an appropriate pink ball for the Test.
“Ensuring the ball behaves as closely as possible to the red ball is vital for the success of this initiative,” he said.
Supporting the plans, the ICC chief executive David Richardson said, “The discussion on day-night Tests started in 2008 and I’m pleased that we are now at a stage where two of our members are contemplating playing the first ever day-night Test.”
He added, “The MCC and some of our members, including Cricket Australia, have trialed pink balls in different conditions and the feedback indicates that significant improvements have been made to the quality of the ball.”