India likely play Day/Night pink ball Test in Australia: BCCI sources

India played their maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh last November at the Eden Gardens

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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma celebrates with teammates during the day-night pink ball Test match against Bangaldesh in Eden gardens, Kolkata. Photo: PTI

India are set to play their second Day/Night Test match during their much-anticipated tour of Australia later this year, BCCI sources said on Sunday (February 16).

This comes a little over a month after captain Virat Kohli asserted that his team was ready to play a Day/Night Test anywhere in Australia. “India are most likely to play a day/night Test during the Australia tour,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

India played their maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh last November at the Eden Gardens, winning the match quite comfortably with plenty of time to spare.

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On the eve of India’s three-match ODI series opener at home against Australia last month, Kohli had said, “Were ready and up for the challenge – whether its Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us. Its become a very exciting feature of any Test series and were open to playing Day/Night Tests.”

India declined Australia’s offer to play a Day/Night Test in Adelaide in 2018-19, citing lack of experience.

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With Day/Night match seen as a possible answer to Test crickets dwindling attendances, Australia had been hoping that India will agree to play one game at the Gabba this year.

A Cricket Australia (CA) delegation met top BCCI officials on the sidelines of a limited-overs series in January with the Day/Night Test figuring on the agenda.

(With inputs from agencies)

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