Sri Lanka tour of UAE 2013-14 August 14, 2013

PCB mulls day-night Tests against Sri Lanka

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered Sri Lanka Cricket a chance to play a day-night Test on their tour to the United Arab Emirates in winter. Two of three Tests on the tour are scheduled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and these could be potential venues to host the day-night Test.

The ICC last year approved the idea of day-night Test matches but left it to member boards to decide on the hours of play and the colour of the ball to be used. No board so far has considered playing day-night Tests, but the PCB has shown interest in trying out the format. The board has organised day-night first-class matches and a few MCC fixtures in Abu Dhabi have also been played under lights.

"We have offered to play a Test match under lights," Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB spokesman, told ESPNcricinfo. "We are keen to experiment with day-night Test cricket as we believe that this would help in reviving interest in the format. The major aspect in our discussion is the correspondence on the colour and brand of the ball. The venues are definitely ideal and there is no dew factor involved in December and January."

Sri Lanka have not conducted any trials for day-night first-class or Test cricket, but appear positively disposed to the prospect of being a part of the first floodlit Test.* Sri Lanka Cricket president Jayantha Dharmadasa said SLC had not yet discussed the subject at length, but suggested that unless major objections arose in talks, Sri Lanka would agree to play the match under lights.

"We shouldn't say no if the only reason is that it doesn't suit us," Dharmadasa said. "In the past we've had 50-over cricket come into the game, then Twenty20s. In the future it will be day-night Tests. It would be a good thing for us to be part of the first day-night Test. People will be looking at it. I've still got to talk to the cricket committee, the selectors, and the cricketers, so we'll see what comes out of those meetings."

Sarwar said that a day-night Test could attract spectators and broadcasters. "Preliminary enquiries have revealed that there is an interest amongst sponsors and broadcasters in day-night Test cricket as it could add commercial momentum," Sarwar added. "We also anticipate greater spectator interest compared to an all-day Test match. PCB has conducted trials of day-night, domestic first-class matches and, for us, this will be an exciting experiment, subject, of course, to agreement by Sri Lanka Cricket Board."

Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in the UAE between December 2013 and January 2014 for a bilateral series that includes three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. The series, the second bilateral contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE, will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. The first Test has been scheduled for December 31 in Dubai, while Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will host the second and third Tests, from January 8 and January 16.

*07.15GMT, August 15: This article has been updated with the SLC's response

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • syd0660 on August 15, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Good initiative. It's interesting to hear the comments, mainly from the sub-continent supporters, that test cricket is dead. Australia usually has full houses for test matches (and it helps that they are played at holiday time, at the same time - Boxing Day at the MCG is a tradition), and England has full houses. There is room for all formats - aren't we all cricket supporters. You don't hear soccer or Rugby supporters killing off their own games. Enjoy all formats - they all offer something different and enjoyable and all add something to make cricket a universal game.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I am going to be in the U.A.E around the sri-lanka series time so I would love for this idea to go ahead because during the evening and nights I am going to be free so I would pay to go watch them. And the idea of watching a test day and night would be a completly differnt experience. It will attaract crowds.

  • on August 17, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    ICC does not know what to approve and not to approve .....

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Day & Night matches will not be fair even at one dayers. Conditions could be drastically changed ( heat, moisture in air, dew etc) On the other hand, it is a crime to use so much of energy ( electricity), contributing pollution( GHG emissions etc) and utilizing resources of future generation for the game for commercial gain. All these are not for the game but for commercial gain

  • Rambo-123 on August 16, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    It is a great idea and something new...... We should not miss this opportunity to be the first teams to test.

  • bgshankar on August 16, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Trust me. In future test or one day cricket format will be fair and even only if its played like a baseball. Each team plays for short time (say one hour) then switches side. This way the sun/moon/flood light will have minimal impact on the game. Also the pitch need to be universal (or one end helps batting and other end helps bowling). So why not have an artificial - ICC approved - pitch and roll it over? This way there is no home ground advantage to the host w.r.t pitch or being too friendly to batter/bowler or changes its nature based on weather. Lest's do these fair stuff first. Then we can think about day/night format.

  • on August 15, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    T20 reduces the skill barrier and makes more teams more competitive at a higher level. Luck plays a greater role in performance. And with all the large unions still struggling to come to term with the format, its a window of opportunity for new nations to break in. It could be the first cricket world sport in years to come. Tests and the rest will follow. Its a fantastic new development in sport. Its the best attennded cricket matches and it seems like the people are taking too it. This format has the ability to make cricket a world sport!

  • visha_pb on August 15, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    You guys have no idea how much cold in UAE on January. Specially at night. It is Winter in the Desert. Have anyone Experience before?

  • on August 15, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    A good initiative by the PCB day night test matches will surely develop the interest in the longer format of the game.

  • Mr.Arrack on August 15, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    I'm not sure who declared the Test matches dead but they were so wrong. The greatest battles occur in Test Matches as it tests all aspects of the game.As a Sri Lankan, I'd like to thank PCB for stepping up to the crease and for inviting SLC to take part in the birth of a new era. I'm sure that playing conditions will be a concern in some field but this may spur countries to build new stadiums in areas that provide fair playing condition for Day/Night Test matches. I look forward to this series and love that two teams from the subcontinent are willing to lead the way.

  • syd0660 on August 15, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Good initiative. It's interesting to hear the comments, mainly from the sub-continent supporters, that test cricket is dead. Australia usually has full houses for test matches (and it helps that they are played at holiday time, at the same time - Boxing Day at the MCG is a tradition), and England has full houses. There is room for all formats - aren't we all cricket supporters. You don't hear soccer or Rugby supporters killing off their own games. Enjoy all formats - they all offer something different and enjoyable and all add something to make cricket a universal game.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I am going to be in the U.A.E around the sri-lanka series time so I would love for this idea to go ahead because during the evening and nights I am going to be free so I would pay to go watch them. And the idea of watching a test day and night would be a completly differnt experience. It will attaract crowds.

  • on August 17, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    ICC does not know what to approve and not to approve .....

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Day & Night matches will not be fair even at one dayers. Conditions could be drastically changed ( heat, moisture in air, dew etc) On the other hand, it is a crime to use so much of energy ( electricity), contributing pollution( GHG emissions etc) and utilizing resources of future generation for the game for commercial gain. All these are not for the game but for commercial gain

  • Rambo-123 on August 16, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    It is a great idea and something new...... We should not miss this opportunity to be the first teams to test.

  • bgshankar on August 16, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Trust me. In future test or one day cricket format will be fair and even only if its played like a baseball. Each team plays for short time (say one hour) then switches side. This way the sun/moon/flood light will have minimal impact on the game. Also the pitch need to be universal (or one end helps batting and other end helps bowling). So why not have an artificial - ICC approved - pitch and roll it over? This way there is no home ground advantage to the host w.r.t pitch or being too friendly to batter/bowler or changes its nature based on weather. Lest's do these fair stuff first. Then we can think about day/night format.

  • on August 15, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    T20 reduces the skill barrier and makes more teams more competitive at a higher level. Luck plays a greater role in performance. And with all the large unions still struggling to come to term with the format, its a window of opportunity for new nations to break in. It could be the first cricket world sport in years to come. Tests and the rest will follow. Its a fantastic new development in sport. Its the best attennded cricket matches and it seems like the people are taking too it. This format has the ability to make cricket a world sport!

  • visha_pb on August 15, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    You guys have no idea how much cold in UAE on January. Specially at night. It is Winter in the Desert. Have anyone Experience before?

  • on August 15, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    A good initiative by the PCB day night test matches will surely develop the interest in the longer format of the game.

  • Mr.Arrack on August 15, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    I'm not sure who declared the Test matches dead but they were so wrong. The greatest battles occur in Test Matches as it tests all aspects of the game.As a Sri Lankan, I'd like to thank PCB for stepping up to the crease and for inviting SLC to take part in the birth of a new era. I'm sure that playing conditions will be a concern in some field but this may spur countries to build new stadiums in areas that provide fair playing condition for Day/Night Test matches. I look forward to this series and love that two teams from the subcontinent are willing to lead the way.

  • baghels.a on August 15, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    stumpedlloyd, i keep hearing from English fans about the packed houses you blokes get for test matches, but isn't it true that you also get fullhouses for 50 over and T20's whenever English national team is involved, it is also a fact that in County cricket you get more crowd for T 20's than compared to 4 day matches or championship as they are called... Skysports hardly shows championship matches but shows T 20 or 40 over version all the time... calling T20 rubbish, these kind of snobbish and elitist remarks are the reason why cricket in England trails behind Football in popularity stakes...TV rights in UK for cricket is 200 million Euros for three year period, while for Football for same period is 6.4 billion Euros !!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    It is a fantastic idea to play day night test match cricket I am sure it will get intrest of others cricket playing countries and as well as spectators I think it will be a great success

  • Stark62 on August 15, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Pak don't play much Test cricket, so they should use this opportunity to win the series, rather than expect the unexpected and end up, losing the series.

    Let countries like SA, Eng, Aus or Ind take the initiative because they play many Tests and can crawl to the top again after a series win.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 15, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Wow wow wow! What a way to begin the year with! Nice, all the best, and man, it's the beginning of the year! Hope a good cricketing year, start playing with brothers. So excited! I think many will watch it. It will be a good income for Pakistan cricket board also. But the amount of electricity wasted is a big question mark.

  • on August 15, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    It is an excellent idea........ a lot more people will be able to watch cricket after work............This will increase the popularity of test cricket in this part of the world.

  • on August 15, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Day-Night test matches are sounding good , i am too excited to see how things goes. But my main concern is about the change of conditions which occurs more in presence of sun and make it challenging for everyone to adjust with it which will decrease and there will be negative impact of spinners because pitch will not deteriorate much as it does in daylight. Nevertheless , to see something new and innovative is great and appreciated. Good work .

  • timeh on August 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    i'm pretty excited about day-night test matches. first session in full sunshine, second in twilight and the last session under the stars!

  • on August 15, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Great idea!!! They should go for it

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Pakistan cricket economy desperately needed this. This will help increase in TV viewership as well as stadium spectators. This initiative may help to increase the revenue for PCB.

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    great idea - hope it comes off - should enlarge the potential for bigger crowds than is currently the case. Well done to PCB and Sri Lankan CB

  • CricketChat on August 15, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    It's great to hear someone finally mulling about day-night tests, something that should have been in place already since 2010s when the success and popularity was firmly established and attendance for tests dwindled to alarmingly low levels even when top 3-4 teams clashed. I strongly believe day-night first and limited number of overs (120 for 1st innings, 90 for 2nd) next are they only way test cricket will survive withing the next decade (hopefully, much sooner).

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Do not play Day night Test Cricket.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 15, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    GOOD, SL can improve the ranking when PAK start sleep. after the series SL will be Rank 1 and PAK will be rank 2 in TEST cricket. ( QUALIFY; MIN 1 d/n test)

  • on August 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Edd Oliver : Then what would you call Indian pitches ? When I posted a dialogue there on the picture of the pitch of 3rd test the comment was "Welcome to the mars" People said that they are taking wickets and scoring runs on that surface then they should also do the same. And Pakistan is doing the same making pitches in their favor because they don't have home series and they are playing their home series in UAE. Don't cry like a kid, In Pakistan's visit to England they didn't make the pitches according to Sub-Continent because that was their home.

  • gnanzcupid on August 15, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Pardon me for the error. Lanka is 7th. But dont think they have the potential to hold on there for long. Definitely kiwis are a better test side than lankans are.

  • anshu.s on August 15, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @syd0060, three cheers to you mate for your thoughtful balanced comments , we as cricket fans have to realise realise cricket is a minority sport compared to truly global sport like Football and we can't afford to be divided among ourselves on basis of our likes and dislikes of a particular format.Football fans can afford to have views like i don't like English premiership or i don't like La Liga or Bundesliga or Italian Serie A .... because football is a global behemoth , day cricket reaches that level we can perhaps then afford to say stuff like i like/hate this format , but not now..

  • on August 15, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Hope the play would go like this First Session 3.00-5.00 Tea Break 5..00-5.30 Second Session 5.30-7.30 Dinner Break 7.30-8.00 Third Session 8.00-10.00

  • durkheim on August 15, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Great for the game to experiment and guage reactions to this. In my opinion it might just be easier to get the players to wear black and use a white ball - white being the most visible of colours.

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    What's the betting they rush this in to attract crowds and in the end no more spectators than in the last UAE test series (Pakistan v England?) turn up? Make the pitches in the sub continent a fair contest between bat and ball (raging turners would be good in my book) rather than the flat pancakes they usually produce, and more people will want to turn up and watch.

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Its really a marvelous idea to prefer day night test matches.No dew ,No hot temperature and crowd will be expected excellent decision made by PCB.

  • gnanzcupid on August 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why involve a 8th ranked team in a day night test. Lankans will probably be so rusty and hurt themselves since they have not played tests for months. Not a good idea to involve lanka in this initiative

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    @ozone8237: spot on mate.

    @Rocky_team: thats why they are discussing about ball. if it will be day/night then it will not be normal red ball used for day tests.

    Good idea. should experiment new things. if not go well then leave it.

  • Jadejafan on August 15, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @syd0660 - Funny! there wasn't really much of a crowd when South Africa toured Australia last time. Remember the Gabba? :) same with Sri Lanka.

  • on August 15, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Amazing - always exciting to see that Pakistan is the first to take the initiative. Whether it is DRS or day/night test cricket, Pakistan always welcomes new changes! This will definitely attract more crowds!

  • on August 15, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    I fully agree with Janaka Kumara and we shall not experiment and further ruin our test rank.

    SL must not cancel test series but shift such series according to the SLC board requirements, if any. The priority of SLC board must be to play more test matches according to the consent of SL cricketers, particularly SL test players.

  • ozone8237 on August 15, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    .... and due to economical reasons most fans in developing cricketing nations cannot afford to enjoy and spend five days of crucial peak hours of their livelihood and earning income potential during day time so its a great idea of ICC to introduce the Flood lit Test matches and Mr. stumpedlloed, ICC didn't make it mandatory for all the boards to adopt this change but left it on each board's own discretion whether they want to try it or opt out. Cricket is the only Game that has a beauty of having three formats each having its own thrill, passion, competitiveness, duration of time, skill level and fan base. We cannot X out none of them. Cricket is generating huge revenues these days due to Innovations, recently introduced, and keeping in view the public interests. Its knocking the doors of huge US market and the T-20 format is going to make its place in US sporting circuit. Sri Lanka should welcome PCB's Idea of playing their coming tour of Test cricket in UAE under flood lights.

  • ozone8237 on August 15, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @stumpedlloyd Playing Test cricket under flood lights is not Pajama cricket at all infact its a very thoughtful decision. This is a great pointed out article that sheds light to the FACT that PCB has always been a supporting Board for the progression and nurturing of this Game all over the world and has always tried to play an important role for the betterment and impovement of cricket. Pakistan has always supported ICC and respected its decisions and be a part of innovation alongside the world's Cricketing governing body. Talk about promoting cricket and Pakistan will be the first one to step up for the effort; Afghanistan, China, Ireland, Scotland, UAE, Bangladesh e.t.c Pakistan will be very supportive for the promotion ofcricket in any emerging cricket nation. ICC decided to try out Orange Ball and Pakistan did in their domestic tournament and Now Test cricket in flood lights and PCB the first one to try since it bears a lot of benefits. Extreme weather conditions..(to be cont)

  • Rocky_Team on August 15, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    well....this is a mockery of ICC rules...on one side in 3rd Ashes Test, they didn't allow play under flood lights with just a little gloomy conditions when batting side (Australia) did not have an issue and now the entire series will be played as day-night!!! Yes, ICC is consistently inconsistent on everything...DRS rules or test match under lights!!!

  • on August 15, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Ya, this is a great idea. And lets not worry too much about conditions. Even normal test cricket provides swinging and seaming conditions on the first morning of the match. SLC should agree to this and be the pioneers of d/n test cricket.

  • on August 15, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    it is a fantastic idea. i think it the perfect place to host day/night test match .no dew factor ,no traffic problem and what more large crowed expected for all matches.i will be there to see the match.

  • on August 15, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    amazing !!! considering how late sri lanka got the test status, SLC should not waste this opportunity, this the way to future of test cricket. and we shold be the pioneers of it...

  • MelbourneMiracle on August 15, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Super idea even if it gets colder in the night. Players could play wearing jumpers so there won't be any harm by the coldness. It will be a great sight when Sanga scores a test hundred under the night moon and the stars. In fact he's the Super Star of this series!

  • Zafar_Abbas on August 15, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Test cricket is here to stay and without even the use of day/night test matches... PCB is currently handicapped by financial constraints and everybody knows why.. lets hope our country gets out of this menace of terrorism.. and cricket returns to Pakistani soil.. Good idea under the circumstances though and PCB deserves a pat on their back

  • on August 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    I am not against new things/technology but given how small no. of test matches Sri Lanka play these days, I think Sri Lanka should not agree with this. I dont know and also this article doesnt say anywhere Sri Lanka played day-night first class matches. So, practically, they have no experience at all other than 50 over innings, thats too short compared to a test innings. Given how badly Sri Lanka need to perform in test matches, i think the best option is not to agree with day-night matches, at least for now.

  • stumpedlloyd on August 15, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    @asim229: Tell that to the packed crowds at the four Ashes tests so far, and to the crowds that will pack the Oval next week, and later this year at the grounds Under Under. How about this? Let subcontinental teams only play pajama cricket to thrill the attention-deficit crowds like you, and the rest of us can enjoy real cricket and not rubbish like T20.

  • Desihungama on August 15, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I am more concerned about players being able to adjust to the timings suggested. Another is the dew factor at night. It'll be sweaty.

  • CricketFirstLove on August 14, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    It is a shame really that they cannot have the series in Pakistan. The rulers are so shameless that they do not want to create a good law and order situation in Pakistan. A lot of talent is being lost like this.

  • hamqad on August 14, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Asim229: The entire essence of cricket is in the longest format. You have probably grown up in this era of commercialization, where commercial viability is considered tantamount to quality. Commercial viability does not mean anything when it comes to determining the quality of cricket on display, much like commercial viability does not determine the quality of good music. If that was not true, you would see Britney Spears and Back street boys revered as the greatest musics ever.

    There is nothing more entertaining than a sunny test morning on a seaming/swinging English track. The odds are tough, but I really hope test cricket does not die out. I do not expect you to fully comprehend this, and I also have a fair idea of what your mindless response will be.

  • on August 14, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    unless you try it one will never know its success...the world is your oyster.......

  • waqarrahmadd on August 14, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    i really appreciate PCB. who thaought about Cricket like that in present situation in Pakistan..

  • avmd on August 14, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Cold in UAE ? You wish, it gets pleasant but never cold in Dec-Jan. Will make a perfect setting for an absorbing test cricket. I hate empty stadium during a test match and it will bring a reasonable presence of spectators to the ground. Some changes needs to be made to make tests more attractive and this a perfect first step.

  • on August 14, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    this will be a good idea and like dravid said it will help peak the interest in test once more.

  • ThyrSaadam on August 14, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    As long as there is no due, this would make perfect sense, however doesnt it get very cold in the nights during the months of Dec/Jan in the desert ? Great idea though!

  • asim229 on August 14, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    It will be a temporary fix for test cricket and will be interesting to watch but test cricket have no future in today's world. Teams should play test cricket only for the development of the skill of their batsmen just like A team matches and the matches should not be broadcasted on TV bcse its a waste of time. Only T20s and ODI should be on TV and played for the spectators.

  • on August 14, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    It definitely is something worth looking up to, not only for the cricket fans based in UAE but also for the fans back home since the matches will be broadcasted during a very convenient time. However it should be noted that IT will be the colder season in ME so the evening temperature will be punishingly low. It is interesting to note if this series goes ahead as a day/night whether other cricket boards too will experiment. Having said that I personally don't think venues such as carrebian and England are lucrative destinations for day)night tests since by the time it is evening in these regions, it is well past the bedtime in south Asia - which is the biggest cricketing audience in the world.

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Although this is a very good idea but I have a few reservations. Wickets in the middle east are conducive to spin bowling but playing under lights in the late hours might bring the dew factor into play big time. This would discourage the spin bowlers and might result in boring high scoring games. If they can find a way around this dew issue, I think night cricket might be a big hit.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on August 14, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    really a good move. I am exciting to see and could save test cricket from dead. Hats off to two boards

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Hope it happens, may revive grounds in terms of spectators, the last tournament which against england had poor attendances so this initiative can be a good opportunity to get fans drawn in to watch the test matches after working hours

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    This is great, it doesn't matter how slow the over rate is. Because you are playing under enhanced light, there can be no bad-light so no matter how long it takes you can get the 90 overs in. A real result for the paying fans.

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    This is great, it doesn't matter how slow the over rate is. Because you are playing under enhanced light, there can be no bad-light so no matter how long it takes you can get the 90 overs in. A real result for the paying fans.

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Hope it happens, may revive grounds in terms of spectators, the last tournament which against england had poor attendances so this initiative can be a good opportunity to get fans drawn in to watch the test matches after working hours

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on August 14, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    really a good move. I am exciting to see and could save test cricket from dead. Hats off to two boards

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Although this is a very good idea but I have a few reservations. Wickets in the middle east are conducive to spin bowling but playing under lights in the late hours might bring the dew factor into play big time. This would discourage the spin bowlers and might result in boring high scoring games. If they can find a way around this dew issue, I think night cricket might be a big hit.

  • on August 14, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    It definitely is something worth looking up to, not only for the cricket fans based in UAE but also for the fans back home since the matches will be broadcasted during a very convenient time. However it should be noted that IT will be the colder season in ME so the evening temperature will be punishingly low. It is interesting to note if this series goes ahead as a day/night whether other cricket boards too will experiment. Having said that I personally don't think venues such as carrebian and England are lucrative destinations for day)night tests since by the time it is evening in these regions, it is well past the bedtime in south Asia - which is the biggest cricketing audience in the world.

  • asim229 on August 14, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    It will be a temporary fix for test cricket and will be interesting to watch but test cricket have no future in today's world. Teams should play test cricket only for the development of the skill of their batsmen just like A team matches and the matches should not be broadcasted on TV bcse its a waste of time. Only T20s and ODI should be on TV and played for the spectators.

  • ThyrSaadam on August 14, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    As long as there is no due, this would make perfect sense, however doesnt it get very cold in the nights during the months of Dec/Jan in the desert ? Great idea though!

  • on August 14, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    this will be a good idea and like dravid said it will help peak the interest in test once more.

  • avmd on August 14, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Cold in UAE ? You wish, it gets pleasant but never cold in Dec-Jan. Will make a perfect setting for an absorbing test cricket. I hate empty stadium during a test match and it will bring a reasonable presence of spectators to the ground. Some changes needs to be made to make tests more attractive and this a perfect first step.

  • waqarrahmadd on August 14, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    i really appreciate PCB. who thaought about Cricket like that in present situation in Pakistan..