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

14:01  16 may  2018
14:01  16 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

India refuse to play day-night Test against Australia this summer

  India refuse to play day-night Test against Australia this summer Australian cricket's newest tradition has had the brakes applied by the BCCI.Cricket Australia had been in discussions with the Indian cricket board to stage a day-night Test at Adelaide Oval.

However, the BCCI’ s refusal to participate further strengthens the opinion of former Australian prime minister Paul Keating, who argued Adelaide has been the leading light in the push to give day - night Tests credibility and a match involving India would have done much to enhance that reputation.

Australia host India in a four-match Test series starting in Adelaide in December. Australia have won all four day - night Test matches they've hosted. The Board of Control for Cricket in India ' s refusal to play a day - night Test has drawn concern for the growth of gentleman's game

  Waugh criticises India's 'selfish' day-night test refusal © Getty Images 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.

India have declined to play their maiden day-night test against Australia, leaving the Dec. 6-10 series-opener in Adelaide a day match, and remain the lone frontline team not to have featured in one.

"It's a little bit selfish from India's point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket," Waugh said on Australia's Big Sports Breakfast radio show.

"Day-night test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform test cricket back to where it should be."

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Why India are short-sighted to refuse to play a day - night Test in Adelaide. However, the BCCI' s refusal to participate further strengthens the opinion of former Australian prime minister Paul Keating, who argued: "Always back self -interest because you know it' s a goer."

Cricket Australia had been lobbying hard for a pink-ball day - night Test during India ' s visit later this year.

India's reluctance is attributed to their pink-ball inexperience but Waugh, who will step down from his role as national twenty20 selector in August, is baffled by their refusal given the depth in the Virat Kohli-led squad.

a man swinging a bat at a ball: Cricket - India v South Africa© REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham Cricket - India v South Africa

"Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they've got a string of fast bowlers, so they don't just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well," Waugh explained.

"So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test."

India play three twenty20 internationals, four tests and three one-day internationals in their tour of Australia from November to January.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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