Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Test Championship on the agenda in Mumbai

Test Championship on the agenda in Mumbai

While India have come under criticism for refusing to play day-night Test on their tour of Australia, COA chief Vinod Rai is adamant that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken the correct decision.

Waugh said Australia, India and England were the only places where Test cricket was "alive and well". "For me that's a concern", said Waugh.

Pitches are now better in April but it has not made any real difference in terms of wins by the away teams.

Cricket Australia's proposal to host the Indian cricket team in the day-night match in Adelaide from December 6-10 was dismissed by the BCCI. "30 years back they said India play Test matches only to draw but they don't say that anymore", Rai said at Boria Majumdar's book launch in Delhi.

Cricinfo published content on Thursday from a "briefing note circulated before the ICC cricket committee meeting".

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"So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test". It's an interesting format and we should try it.

Opinion has been divided over India's stated hesitation to play pink ball cricket at worldwide level. If you play, you can adjust.

India remains one of only two Test-playing nations to not have played a day-night Test, the other being Bangladesh. However, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that it will not be that helpful for the team as the white-ball cricket is completely different from red-ball cricket.

"Test cricket's fundamental starting point may be scrapped, as the ICC's cricket committee prepares to debate whether or not the coin toss should be removed as a way of reducing home ground advantage in the looming Test Championship", "ESPNCricinfo" reported today.

"The difference in balls will have a huge impact and unless they practice with the red ball, winning against England in their home conditions will be a tall ask for the Indian side", he added.

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