Sri Lanka tour of UAE 2013-14 August 16, 2013

SLC declines PCB's offer to play day-night Test


Test cricket will continue to await its first day-night encounter after Sri Lanka's team management declined Pakistan's proposal to play a day-night Test during their year-end tour to the UAE. Sri Lanka Cricket cited its players' lack of practice with the pink ball as the source of their reluctance.

"Since the national team players have not practiced under lights and with the new pink ball, the executive committee decided to stand by the decision taken by the national team management, to inform PCB that SLC is not willing to play a day-night Test match as requested by PCB," a SLC release said.

SLC president, Jayantha Dharmadasa, had been positively disposed to the idea of Sri Lanka being part of the first day-night Test, but others closer to the team had strong reservations. The series against Pakistan will be Sri Lanka's first Test outing against a top-eight opposition in almost a year, and SLC's decision is understood to have also been influenced by their desire to safeguard their team's chances in an important series.

PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar had told ESPNcricinfo that the PCB's interest in pioneering day-night Tests was grounded in an attempt to revive interest in the longest format. "The major aspect in our discussion with SLC 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," Sarwar had said.

MCC has trialled day-night first-class matches, with a view to fine-tuning the colour and characteristics of the ball in order to make it fit for international cricket. Day-night Tests are not only likely to stoke viewer interest in the format, but as a result, the matches are also expected to be more lucrative for broadcasters and advertisers. Last year, the ICC approved day-night Tests, but left it to member boards to agree on the hours of play, and the colour and brand of the ball. Only the PCB has so far shown interest in playing day-night Tests. It has also experimented with day-night long-form cricket twice by playing the first-class Quaid-e-Azam trophy final in January 2011 and December 2011 under lights with an orange ball.

Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan begins in December, and comprises of two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three Tests. Either Abu Dhabi or Dubai would have hosted the day-night Test, if SLC had agreed to it.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Pundit on August 21, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Shame Sri Lanka worried about loosing! Both sides have little or no experience of using pink ball. The weather in UAE would make sense to play night cricket in. Lanka want to be followers and not the pioneers!! State of mind set.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    It seems that wiser counsel has prevailed. The cricket board must ensure that Sri Lanka play according to traditional match conditions and not fancy stuff with pink balls etc unless it is an tournament organized by the ICC and agreed by all international teams.

  • Jayantha on August 19, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    "Test matches need high skills and there is very few test matches for a year (not like Enland, Australia, etc.) for Sri Lanka, so, this is the right decision."

    So THIS is the featured comment? Neither Pakistan nor Sri Lanka have experience with the "pink" ball, so it does not matter. What matters is to play the long game somehow, somewhere... because while not playing Tests, Sri Lanka and Pakistan (and NZ, WI, etc.) are destroying their cricket. By taking up Pakistan's offer it allow both sides a chance to get ahead of the other teams.

  • mark on August 19, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    in the long tern D/N test will have adverse impact on health & physical fitness of the may be played as single D/N test in a particular test series.. just to make things bit interesting...also I dont think you need to change colour of the ball..if the present white ball is not capable of playing 80-90 overs it should be made to play that much overs...instead of changing colors, bcos there should be some consistance in things we do in cricket.. too many magics will ruin the interest of the game.

  • Jayantha on August 18, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Another missed chance before the end of the Big Three. The color of the ball is not the matter, when young players needs character. Playing tests counts to develop character. Sri Richard Hadlee would agree.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Now this is a pathetic idea: "pink" ball this is so not cricket. Cricket is based on old traditions.. let it be that way.

  • Janaka on August 17, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    A ball is not that expensive compared to the money they get. Come on! Use the white ball, and change it three times per day. What's wrong with that? It'll be really nice to see such a thing.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Cant use a white ball because the ball only lasts for 30-35 overs before it needs to be changed, they need to find a ball that will last at least 60-70 overs

  • Taahir on August 17, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I would have just loved to watch the first day/night test match! What an opportunity lost!