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

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

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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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  • on August 17, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    After a while a good decision by SL cricket board. Given they havent played day-night first class matches, there is no doubt that they can`t play day-night test match with a very good opposition. If Sri Lanka (or anyone for that matter) want to play day-night test matches, they should first introduce day-night first class matches. Some people need to understand that test match is not a T20. You cannot just hit and win. 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. They cannot just take a gumble and see how it goes. If its a value of T20, they can try. Test matches have very good value.

  • Diaz54 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.

  • 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.

  • Beyond-the-Boundary 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.

  • mark2011 on August 19, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    in the long tern D/N test will have adverse impact on health & physical fitness of the players...it 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.

  • Beyond-the-Boundary 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.

  • 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.

  • Prabhash1985 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.

  • 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

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

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

  • on August 17, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    After a while a good decision by SL cricket board. Given they havent played day-night first class matches, there is no doubt that they can`t play day-night test match with a very good opposition. If Sri Lanka (or anyone for that matter) want to play day-night test matches, they should first introduce day-night first class matches. Some people need to understand that test match is not a T20. You cannot just hit and win. 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. They cannot just take a gumble and see how it goes. If its a value of T20, they can try. Test matches have very good value.

  • Diaz54 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.

  • 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.

  • Beyond-the-Boundary 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.

  • mark2011 on August 19, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    in the long tern D/N test will have adverse impact on health & physical fitness of the players...it 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.

  • Beyond-the-Boundary 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.

  • 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.

  • Prabhash1985 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.

  • 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

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

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

  • LoveLanka on August 17, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    To all who criticise SLC for refusing PAK proposal : have your respective cricket boards started playing day night test at domestic level? or eveready and waiting for a requrest or a proposal to start with? i think you people should respect the players first as this is a tiring game and need to adapt to perform on a such a big change in a 5 day game. I am glad that PAK has started it and they are a real talented cricketing nation though some of their own people has ruined that game there. thinking of the these crictics is that it only a change of ball and day night or physical side has nothing to do here. i dont want to white wash SLC. but i think thise should be tried domestic level and develop it to international level. some of these critics are from a country that still not ready to use DRS while all other cricketing nations do.

  • on August 17, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    If only Pink Ball is the hurdle, Why don't they use a regular white ball with the light brown shaded color uniforms for both the teams? It would be good to see.

  • on August 17, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @Anurudda Dissanayaka Vanigarathna

    Absolutely right on your part!! Test cricket is not good for health as far as concerned with Sri Lanka.

    So how can they play n numbers of ODI on Premadasa against South Africa????

  • on August 17, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    funny tlk rehan siddiqe,,,,because ,,playing is D/N its not good for health if you are playing a long tour... even good test cricket teams like England,,, Aussies south Africa they also haven't play any international D/N tests matches still......then how can you expect only srilanka need to playn d/n matches to have are good future?

  • SandipManjrekar on August 17, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Just see the objectivity of SLC.....In case of cancellation of SLPL, they arranged & conducted provincial T20 tournament. For this, SLC itself made selective 4 teams. Why??? To participate in qualification zone of champions League.

    PCB offered SLC to have a Day- Night Test with Pink ball. SLC consulted with their selectors who further had discussion with 3 Seniors. What SLC informed PCB about their reluctance is nothing but conveyed message by their Selectors from whom....Do I need to explain??/ Fair enough for SLC about their inability.

  • on August 17, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Hardly surprising since the SLC is only interested in T20 Cricket. Very meek administration, yet again turning down a historic opportunity.

    Don't we have a sleepwalker in the team already? I think just because of that reason alone, SL has an edge over Pakistan:)

  • yohandf on August 17, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    good decision by SLC . Sri Lanka domestic matches are not played under lights . So playing ODI s , T20 s wont help . Also Pakistan has the better pace bowling attack and plating under flood lights will make it even tougher . so good tactical decision .

  • on August 17, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    lame excuse by slc , there is plenty of flood lit grounds in sri lanka for these guys to practice, well and truly reaching the demise of test cricket in srilanka , because of pathetic slc and lazy senior players

  • Prabhash1985 on August 17, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    They say no to Tests with South Africa. Now they say no to the wonderful opportunity. I really doubt them, and I think their object is far from team development, and what country wants. Some hidden agenda. Pathetic, and crazy!

  • ozone8237 on August 17, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    I wasn't expecting this decision from SLC. The argument that SL players have no experience with Pink ball is not Persuasive, Pakistan doesn't have any countable experience either. As far as the home advantage is concerned Pakistani and Srilankans have the same opportunity to crowd the grounds since its a neutral venue. Third and most important thing was to become a part of History in terms of a major experimental innovation that could become a founding stone in the revival of Test Cricket. Neither Pakistan nor Srilanka has an advantage over eachother in playing flood lit matches with pink ball. All eyes were on this series after Pakistan's proposal to SLC but their refusal is very disappointing. SLC needs to come out of this "inferiority complex" and face solid opponents in whatever circumstances they are given. Their argument that pakistan is a Major tough opponent and if played under unknown circumstaces Sri Lanka might not get the results in their favor is baseless.

  • on August 17, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    what a shame. it is a great chance to be the first teams to play a night test match.

  • on August 17, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Main Strike bowler for SL "Rngana" will be having hard time griping the ball with the due, good decision by SLC, also for people who complain about Test cricket need to be more audience friendly you guys missed Ashes, SL players play more matches but Pakistan don't, these testings should be carried out with lesser teams like B'desh

  • Vidura99 on August 17, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Understandable why SLC refuse the request since Pakistan having the best fast bowlers who can gain the maximum advantage of swinging the ball under lights compared to SL fast bowlers other than Kulasekara.

  • on August 17, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    I am a bit disappointed SLC refused. Good chance to test out a D/N Test match and although technically this is Pakistan's home series it is in a neutral venue. SL was involved in the first initial Test series trial of DRS so shame they didn't take up this chance. I don't fully agree with SLC's view of lack of practice with D/N Test, because really of late they have not wanted to do anything at all with the Test format regardless of what time it is played! They have played plenty of ODIs and T20s under lights! And players have gone into other Test series away eg to England underdone in terms of test match practice & preparation because this so how is now any different!

  • on August 17, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Srilankan board made a stupid decision. For a good future cricket test match should play D/N test match. Test match is a real cricket. All cricket lovers will support D/N test match.Both team had never play before so both team have equal chance

  • CricketChat on August 17, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Surprised by SL Boards's lack of enterprise. By agreeing, they could have become part of history. Now, that chance will go to some other team. It is only a matter of time before day-night test matches will become norm.

  • Yoker111 on August 17, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Kind of absurd for SLC to refuse it based on lack of experience. Even PAK has no experience and they are willing to try it out and SLC has nothing to loose or protect in terms of ranking. fatuous decision!!!

  • on August 16, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Test Cricket needs a Total Re Structure, its becoming a farce as what it is supposto be, sorry only handfull of Pitches are prepared for Quality Matches often for home team advantage, ICC needs to regulate that a minimum number of games are played by each Nation to be Eligible for ODI Championship, same goes for T20 Must of played ODI Championship. Another area lets bring in Neutral Test venues, Test sides do get few home games, with the rest placed in a draw, with venues drawn out, Australia play South Africa in England, sure players would love this Idea.

  • on August 16, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    SCB decision is not good. If srilanka has no experience with pink ball same Pakistan has no experience. Both teams has equal chance. They can promote Test Cricket or reveal test cricket again..... Some one will start why not pak and sri Lanka take this step.... I think Sri Lanka cricketer are not interested in test match.... Bcoz they knew only T20 and ODI can give him more. Money

  • pulkit10 on August 16, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    With Pakistan on this one. They made a logical argument and this would have easily injected some entertainment into the series had this gone through...SLC had other ideas. I also fail to see how this would disadvantage the SL team as Pakistan's team doesn't have extensive experience with the pink ball either. It'll be a new challenge for both and seems like a good idea.

  • Harmony111 on August 16, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    I can't understand why SL Board said no to this wonderful proposal from Pakistan. Do SL have no commitment towards the betterment of the game? Do they not want test cricket to become more audience friendly? What is this excuse of not being used to the pink ball? Who in the world is used to it anyways? Look at Pakistan, those guys are starved of cricket. They play no tests at home, they do not play in the IPL, they have lost many quality players to match fixing and other petty politics but look at their performances. They won handsomely in WI recently, they have the best record in WT20s, they reached SF of WC 2011 with little practice. They play their home tests in neutral places and yet thrashed the then World #1 team Eng 3-0.

    Compare that to SL who can win nowhere, not even at home. Pakistan showed wonderful intention to make this series more watchable but SL killed it. Clearly, SL are afraid they will lose with the pink ball ... as if they win much with the red or the white balls.

  • on August 16, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    am I the only person who is thinking Test matches should be played in the classical way it has been played over the years. We have enough stuff now so let this be the way it is classic and old school.

  • on August 16, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    good decission sri lankan team

  • on August 16, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    if srilanka introduce this new formula at domestic level. they will still not get any benefit bcz their international test players more likely plays t20 cricket league during domestic season. i donot know from where they r going to get the practice of pink ball. really disappointing decision by Srilanka.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 16, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Oh man I was really looking forward to a day/night test but you can understand Sri Lankas viewpoint ..... It would be difficult to adjust to night match I suppose. But I think this would have been a perfect time to try it out oh well next time then.

  • reason-galore on August 16, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    they should have offered bangladesh or zimbabwe as sri lanka would be afraid of losing... that would be a better idea for a first day and night test...

  • Sinhaya on August 16, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, we have the right to decide what we want. This was never forced upon us and PCB has no issue with it. Your 2 cent worth comments wont matter any bit. We have done well recently against your wish by making it to the CT semis, making it to the tri series finals and also winning 4-1 against SA. You were in total hiding during that time.

  • drnaveed on August 16, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    it was a new idea ,SL management should had replied in a positive manner.the reasons given by their management is not good enough.it showed ,as if Pakistani players usually play their cricket in the nights,and not in the day time as played by the SLteam.it was just a test match, not a whole series ,at the most they had lost it ,what else would have had happen, there were no express fast bowlers in the Pakistani side.i wonder, what would have happened, if indian had given this idea ????????? .

  • on August 16, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    thats not fair from srilanka...it would b a fantastic chance for them to bring change in test history...or i think they afraid with PAKISTANI spin attack as they seem them against ENGLAND last year...but i willl suggest them to play with zimbavbe and them face PAKISTAN...

  • on August 16, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @rogues13, i pray your words become reality and there will be no test cricket a boring and time wasting excercise

  • on August 16, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    a very wise decision by srilanka board, they should have taken a more wise decision by refusing to play test cricket, the most boring form of sports in all forms of sports

  • on August 16, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    SL Board should have agreedso it would be awesome

  • Rajdeepgupta on August 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Bear it in mind the extreme heat and humidity at this point of time in UAE. Playing in the evening would have attract crowds plus temperature would have reduced, but you can't help it when one side does not agree. It's better to have some cricket than nothing.

  • gtr800 on August 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    This is bad for Sri Lankan Test Cricket. It's not like they have a lot of offers coming through. Soon they might even forget playing test cricket at this rate & become like Zimbabwe!

  • rogues13 on August 16, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    At the rate tehy are postponing test matches for meaningless ODI and T20's, soon they will say no to test matches, citing lack of experience with the red ball....

  • on August 16, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    understandable. would have been good to play 1 game but SL decision is understandable. they havent experienced it so they want to play a bit safe in an important series after almost an year.

  • chechong0114 on August 16, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Cricket is in such desperate need of long term vision that I don't see what real future this sport has, what better way to showcase the sport by having a day night test between two of the most formidable and exciting teams in the game go at it under lights but again every attempt made to make the game more appealing is always met by criticism, I pray that one day the game can come out from under the shackles of bondage that it has found itself in. If the players have no experience with the pink ball just play with the white ball, what is wrong with that! COME ON SRI LANKA think FUTURE! Night cricket is the future of the sport, if it is to survive with all this beautiful T20 cricket that may soon see an end to the DULL boring one day and the ever struggling test game then boards must get on board and soon also a point system is needed to be implemented in test cricket to add some more flavor.

  • on August 16, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Hats off to PCB to show guts to play Test Cricket with the pink ball in spite of their team's struggle. As expected the offer was responded by negative approach. This is one of the reason for islanders who have debacle in Test cricket. The lack of practice with the pink ball would be applicable for both. In fact. PAK has been deprived of growth of cricket internally. Still how amazing to see performing their best against best team like England.

  • wrenx on August 16, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Ah, what a shame. Fair enough though, Sri Lanka don't want to feel disadvantaged. But then again, this is an "away" series for Sri Lanka, so shouldn't they abide by what the "home" team provides? The home side is allowed to select venues and prepare wickets in a particular way, and select the brand of ball to be used - just look at how much England have been changing the Duke ball to aid them in recent years. Maybe Sri Lanka should have accepted this proposal. Both teams would have to play with the pink ball and bat/bowl under lights, so it would even out. I don't know if the players in the Pakistan test side have much experience with it either...

  • MichealT on August 16, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Pakistan needs to control Sangakara and they will get this series. Irfan is the key bowler to get Sangakara because of his high bouncing balls. But Pakistan has to work on their batting as there is no Younis here this time.

  • TheProfPak on August 16, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    A good idea would be to try this thing on A-teams/ U-19 tours to get next generation of players ready for day-night tests. The day-night test will be in place at some point in future definitely, so it would be wise to try this out with younger players.

  • anniyan18 on August 16, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Fair decision!! May be SL and Pak should play a unoffical test or benifit match under lights and then make a decision.

  • rsiddiqi on August 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Disappointing - neither of the teams have had any practice using the pink ball. It would have been worthwhile to give this a chance and initiate a test cricket evolution for the better. In any case, the decision though disappointing is a fair one. They need to support their players to win and we Pakistanis should appreciate that. Good series ahead of us....

  • DawnBreaker on August 16, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Frankly, I expected the SLC board to reply like this. According to me, they have taken the correct decision. From a long time, test cricket is being played in the daylight, and this sudden transition from that to the day-night tests may make the players uncomfortable which can affect the quality of their game. I think, this is must be regularly tested in the domestic levels of all the countries, and the players must get used to this new thing. Currently, there are less trials being done. So, I am expecting this series to be very thrilling between the strong two asian sides. Hopefully, we get the best cricket from both the teams. Cheers!

  • cricket-india on August 16, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    SLC says no to day-night tests? SLC says no to all tests, right? why is this even a topic to comment upon?

  • Mr.Arrack on August 16, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I don't know about the rest of you but i was hoping that SLC would take on the challenge. There is more than enough time from now to practice with the "Pink ball". Someone will have to be first and the fear of loosing due to lack of experience is a poor excuse. As SL fan, I"m disappointed with this decision. It shows a lack of confidence in our player to adapt and rise to the occasion. What happen to the team that reshaped the ODI game back in the nineties? . What happen to that "bring it on attitude"?. Bring back that fire, Lets take on the new challenge and stop the "Pink" ball excuse.

  • Srini_Indian on August 16, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I think SLC missed a trick here. SL batsmen will be found wanting against Pakistan bowlers in any case, so it would be wise to accept the day/night tests and after the loss they can use it as an excuse.

  • kc69 on August 16, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    I guess Sri Lanka is more used to hot conditions than Pakistan and sticking to day tests is justified and moreover playing with pink ball under lights give Pakistan an unfair advantage(as they are used to this in their domestic cricket).But I still believe Pak has a better chance over SL in this series because of their bowling attack.

  • WalkingWicket11 on August 16, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Good decision, enormous amount of energy saved.

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    I think its fair based on not a single player has ever played even a first class game with the pink ball. But i don't mind both boards trying it out in one test match just to progress to the next level. Good initiative, but players might be uncomfortable with the idea since they have had no practice with pink ball at all

  • Stark62 on August 16, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    A big thank you to the SLC!!

    Why should SL or Pak be the first teams to experiment with this unknown quantity?!?!

    Neither of these teams play Test cricket regularly, hence they should take this opportunity to fine tune themselves in this format and try to climb the rankings.

    Let teams like SA, Eng, Aus or Ind experiment with this new concept because they play a lot of Test cricket and it would benefit them more (if D/N Tests are a success).

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    mr. sarwar says there is "NO DEW FACTOR INVOLVED IN DECEMBER & JANUARY " It is correct? or not ? I think winter Is more dew factor invole, bettrer to play day test matches, very Importent this test seiris to SRI LANKA CRICKET, we are waiting .........

  • gnanzcupid on August 16, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    As expected the lankan board is concerned about lack of exposure. If lanka loses here they may slip to a new low in rankings. This may also be a reason here

  • gnanzcupid on August 16, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    As expected the lankan board is concerned about lack of exposure. If lanka loses here they may slip to a new low in rankings. This may also be a reason here

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    mr. sarwar says there is "NO DEW FACTOR INVOLVED IN DECEMBER & JANUARY " It is correct? or not ? I think winter Is more dew factor invole, bettrer to play day test matches, very Importent this test seiris to SRI LANKA CRICKET, we are waiting .........

  • Stark62 on August 16, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    A big thank you to the SLC!!

    Why should SL or Pak be the first teams to experiment with this unknown quantity?!?!

    Neither of these teams play Test cricket regularly, hence they should take this opportunity to fine tune themselves in this format and try to climb the rankings.

    Let teams like SA, Eng, Aus or Ind experiment with this new concept because they play a lot of Test cricket and it would benefit them more (if D/N Tests are a success).

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    I think its fair based on not a single player has ever played even a first class game with the pink ball. But i don't mind both boards trying it out in one test match just to progress to the next level. Good initiative, but players might be uncomfortable with the idea since they have had no practice with pink ball at all

  • WalkingWicket11 on August 16, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Good decision, enormous amount of energy saved.

  • kc69 on August 16, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    I guess Sri Lanka is more used to hot conditions than Pakistan and sticking to day tests is justified and moreover playing with pink ball under lights give Pakistan an unfair advantage(as they are used to this in their domestic cricket).But I still believe Pak has a better chance over SL in this series because of their bowling attack.

  • Srini_Indian on August 16, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I think SLC missed a trick here. SL batsmen will be found wanting against Pakistan bowlers in any case, so it would be wise to accept the day/night tests and after the loss they can use it as an excuse.

  • Mr.Arrack on August 16, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I don't know about the rest of you but i was hoping that SLC would take on the challenge. There is more than enough time from now to practice with the "Pink ball". Someone will have to be first and the fear of loosing due to lack of experience is a poor excuse. As SL fan, I"m disappointed with this decision. It shows a lack of confidence in our player to adapt and rise to the occasion. What happen to the team that reshaped the ODI game back in the nineties? . What happen to that "bring it on attitude"?. Bring back that fire, Lets take on the new challenge and stop the "Pink" ball excuse.

  • cricket-india on August 16, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    SLC says no to day-night tests? SLC says no to all tests, right? why is this even a topic to comment upon?

  • DawnBreaker on August 16, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Frankly, I expected the SLC board to reply like this. According to me, they have taken the correct decision. From a long time, test cricket is being played in the daylight, and this sudden transition from that to the day-night tests may make the players uncomfortable which can affect the quality of their game. I think, this is must be regularly tested in the domestic levels of all the countries, and the players must get used to this new thing. Currently, there are less trials being done. So, I am expecting this series to be very thrilling between the strong two asian sides. Hopefully, we get the best cricket from both the teams. Cheers!