Day-night Test cricket - coming soon

Published: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 14:40 [IST]
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Melbourne: The absence of spectators in the longer version of the game has forced the cricket administrators to bring some innovation in it and in this order Cricket Australia (CA) is seriously pursuing suggestions of hosting day-night Test matches.

The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and Cricket Australia is checking the possibility of using different coloured cricket balls, so matches can be played during nights.

CA has had discussions with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to manufacture cricket balls which can be used in day and night games, and be visible to spectators.

''We have had a meeting with the CSIRO, and they have told us that it is absolutely possible to deliver a ball that replicates, at all times, the performances of the red ball in a daytime Test,'' CA spokesman Peter Young said.

''The public is telling us they want to watch their sport in the evening. The Australia phenomenon reflects a global trend of high-level sports being played at night. That's either in terms of more people going through the turnstiles to attend, or watching on TV,'' he added.

''People are voting with their feet and their remote controls, particularly in summer because it allows sport to be consumed in the cool of the evening. And, of course, it allows people to attend after school or work,'' he added.


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