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ICC panel favours day-night Tests

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NEW DELHI: ICC advisory panel has recommended that Test-playing nations should look at conducting five-day matches under floodlights at attract more crowd.

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In the one-day and T20 international matches played with white balls at night bring a huge lot of crowd to the stadiums after working hours but in case of Test-match at day time, the number of spectators is disappointing especially in the sub-continent due to tough weather conditions.

Governing body of sports has been testing different coloured balls to see if they can last the distance from the last two years in order to play Test matches at night.

The cricket committee of ICC that met in Mumbai received positive reports about successful use of pink balls in a four-day test in first class in Abu Dhabi and is discussing to use the same in Test-matches at night.

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“As a result of these discussions, there will be a strong recommendation from the committee to member countries that they should identify opportunities to play Test matches that extend into the evening hours”, said ICC release.    

On the other hand, the committee was not at all in favour of reducing a Teest match from five days to four days but hinted to consider it some other time in future. The recommendations of the committee would be tabled in the annual meeting of ICC in Barbados next month.

Australia is expected to host the first ever day-night Test match to be played against New Zealand but some reports also came on the screen that majority of the Kiwi players are not at all interested to play in day-night matches.

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