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PCB welcomes day-night Tests

Umar Farooq

November 2, 2012

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Danish Kaneria took four wickets in PIA's first innings, HBL v PIA, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One Final, first day, Karachi, January 13, 2011
The PCB trialled orange balls in two previous domestic first-class finals © AFP

The PCB has welcomed the possibility of the day-night Tests, calling the change a "boost in the game's value for the host boards."

The ICC announced earlier this week that Tests can now be played under lights, allowing the boards of the two countries involved to decide on playing times and the brand, type and colour of the ball used. Pakistan have already experimented with day-night long-form cricket twice, by playing their first-class Quaid-e-Azam trophy final in January 2011 and December 2011 under lights with orange ball, instead of the pink ball that has been mainly used by various other boards.

The Executive Coordination Committee of PCB met at Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday and welcomed the ICC's decision. "Cricket has changed over time and this decision (of day-night Tests) would provide the cricket fans with an opportunity to watch the cricket matches played under this format during prime-time television," PCB said. "The Committee observed that the application of the concept would also increase the product value of these matches for the host boards."

Pakistan has been a no-go country for major international teams after the attack on Sri Lankan team in March 2009. Since then, Pakistan have played their 'home' series away from home, mostly in UAE - where Pakistan failed to draw too much of a crowd for the Test matches, partly due to play being during working hours. Pakistan's last home Test series was against England earlier this year in UAE and the next Test series is against South Africa in October next year.

Experiments over the past couple of years have shown that either pink or orange balls are easier to sight than the traditional red one under lights. West Indies, England and Bangladesh have experimented with pink balls. The PCB, however, was undecided over the colour of the ball to be used for day-night Tests, though it has preferred the orange ball to the pink one in domestic trials. The experiment proved successful with the captains, umpires, referee and broadcaster giving encouraging feedback over the visibility of the ball.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Hope to see that day-night tests will become a reality soon

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 3, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

They welcome the tests but will never hold tests :D

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 13:24 GMT)


Posted by getsetgopk on (November 3, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

This is an excellent Idea, people who work during day and love watching Test cricket can now enjoy it in the evenings, the weather in subcontinental countries is mostly hot so playing and watching Test matches in the evening would be a very pleasant experience, wont be such a good idea in England as weather there is mostly cold even in summers.

Posted by srprev on (November 3, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Mr.Sardar Khan please mind your words...from a country like yours...u don't have any face to comment about bharath..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

tired of this bcci says this bcci says that. bcci thing should be taken care of. only ICC says.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

good. day nights will bring more croud and interest in game.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 3, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

A good start for PCB would be trying to get some cricket being played in daylight before voicing their approval about day night tests.

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (November 3, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

BTW who cares About BCCI and Randistan(bharat) ? anyone?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

now a days we are going through tough times everyone goes through it...still grace of Allah giving tough time all big giants of cricket not like you getting trashed like 8-0 .it was sad to hear this from a team having legends of tendulkar ,dravid, laxman.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

@Indianpunjabi.......its not about who cares for PCB or not...its about innovation... if you are so genius then prove it here also...we Pakistanis have introduced new techniques i.e reverse swing, dosra and many more which idonnt remmember.Have you ever had a bolwer who mastered revrse swing........

bowling has been our strength since birth of Pakistan cricket team which still continues ..batting has been aditional factor inshallah we will prove it here again.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Day and night test cricket. Did ICC get pre approval by Indian Cricket Board, Otherwise they will have to back out later, as they did in past many times.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 2, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Okay.. even if all the member nations accepted day/night tests... does it make any sense ? They don't even know which colour the ball is gonna be !!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Test cricket and its supporters are so funny. No clue about ball colour but YAY ! We are gonna play in the dark !!! LOL. I feel like I am part of a comedy.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (November 2, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

for all indians...icc has already approved day/night tests so i don't get d point of icc not caring for pcb (as if day/night test was pcb's proposal)...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Who cares about bcci?They are citizen of bunderstan(baharat)and always go against the new things.When all the cricket playing countries accept day/night test matches,they will follow like bunders.

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (November 2, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Who really cares about what PCB thinks....its all about BCCI...there is no affect on ICC,ICC dont care fo PCB.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 2, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

the way things are going in Pak, any cricket is good for PCB, even gulli danda is good, what say PCB?

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (November 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Who cares About ICC? lolz

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

lol .. PCB will welcome any tests

Posted by kc69 on (November 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

An introduction of weirdo rules,formats and tournaments has already destroyed the legacy of test cricket lets save it rather than destroying it.

Posted by kc69 on (November 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

no offence on Pak cricket fans but ICC really doesnt care about PCB in anyway.its the big guns of ICC( CA-Aus,BCCI-Ind,UCB-SA) who should accept.

Posted by CSK_greatest_of_all on (November 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Who really cares about what PCB thinks....its all about BCCI

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Umar Farooq you should not use an image of a player who is banned or suspended for some reasons. This is a good news for cricket and a wiser step by PCB as they have already experimented it in last domestic season.

Posted by ftitumir on (November 2, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

@Zuhaira: Hey, you are already hungry for Bangladesh...PCB is simply Requesting BCB now and then, if u r not interested to watch then come Bangladesh as your home venue............In any ways PCB will now support ICC

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

good decision by PCB & ICC

Posted by Udendra on (November 2, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

you can use blue balls (no pun intended). in fact light blue.

Posted by HumzaRafaqat on (November 2, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

It's does not affect ICC,As icc dont care about PCB.

Posted by HumzaRafaqat on (November 2, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

HaHaHa there is no affect on ICC,ICC dont care fo PCB.

Posted by Zuhaira on (November 2, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

way to go - but who wil come and play here? Bangladesh? No-one will come to watch them for sure

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Seems PCB is working on things now

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 2, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

The bowling will be difficult under lights and dew will play a major role in DN matches.

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 2, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

unlike india, i have always seen PCB to respond to advances in a positive way. Good one, this !! If at all they had the managed the game better, the pakistan team, for all its potential and talent would have been several times stronger than what it currently is. Good luck Pak !!

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (November 2, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Love this idea.. I'm sure it will attract the crowds in droves for Test matches in India!

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 2, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Nowadays pcb accepting all kinds of cricket..grandfathers 11 vs pakistan 11 is the perfect example..

Posted by sabeeh89 on (November 2, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Why cant they use the white ball and wear colored kits?

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