Sydney, May 19 (ANI): The longest version of cricket, which is facing a dearth of spectators, is all set to attract viewers in large numbers very soon with day/night Tests being played in either Australia or India.
Ever since floodlit fixtures came up in Australia more than 30 years ago as part of the rebel World Series Cricket, there have been suggestions that day/night Tests could draw in spectators who are at work during normal playing hours.
David Morgan, the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), speaking ahead of an ICC meeting at Lord’s this week, insisted day/night Tests were on the horizon, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“I talked to administrators in Australia whom I expected to be so conservative as to be against day/night Test cricket but they are very much for it and I believe it won’t be too long before we see day/night Test cricket in Australia or India,” he said.
Although the ICC has introduced a Test table, its complex rating system has so far failed to excite much interest.
“Our chief executives” committee has been looking at producing a context for both ODI cricket and Test match cricket so watch this space,” said Morgan.
“Enriching ODIs and Tests are two major opportunities, and I have little or no doubt the game will embrace those fairly quickly,” he said.
Morgan added the biggest regret of his tenure, as president, which expires within weeks, was Pakistan becoming a no-go area for international cricket following the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore last year. (ANI)