Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Waugh criticises India's 'selfish' day-night test refusal

Waugh criticises India's 'selfish' day-night test refusal

India's refusal to play a day-night test in Adelaide is "selfish" and hinders efforts to reinvigorate test cricket, Australia's former test batsman Mark Waugh said on Wednesday. Why is the BCCI unconvinced by the day-night format, and why are Indian Cricket Bosses unsure about the day-night format of the Test cricket?

Waugh added that India should be doing everything in their power to preserve Test cricket, especially as they are one of the few nations that manage to draw in big crowds. The BCCI chairman of selectors maintained the format was "inappropriate" and "unnatural", but things started to change when the Indian Cricket Team lifted the 1983 World Cup.

Australian cricket great Mark Waugh today quit as a national selector to take up a television commentary role as broadcasters jockey for top talent after a new rights deal was agreed.

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"I firmly believe Australian cricket has a wealth of talented players in its ranks right now, and I look forward to watching the team continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come".

"Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, theyve got a string of fast bowlers, so they dont just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well". "So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test".

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). Ireland have just made their Test debut and might make their pink-ball debut soon as well.

India's tour of Australia, which will begin on November 21 and end on January 18, features three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs.

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