London: The first day-night Test math in cricket history will be held during Bangladesh's team's tour of England in May-June next year.
However, the prospect of Lord's holding the world's first day-night Test match next summer will remain on the shelf until cricket's administrators can work out which colour ball can be used fairly under floodlights.
The white ball in use for many years for floodlit one-day internationals is not an option when players are also dressed in white, as they always have been for Test cricket.
The idea was first proposed by the MCC during its World Cricket Committee meeting at Lord's in July as a way of making the game's longest and oldest format more appealing. The other proposals included the use of pink balls and a World Test Championship.
The guardians of the game at the Marylebone Cricket Club must therefore solve the problem before day-night Test cricket can be seriously considered, let alone scheduled.
That point was made on Wednesday by an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman, reacting with some surprise to reports that an inaugural day-night Test between the hosts and Bangladesh has been mutually agreed and therefore simply needs International Cricket Council approval to go ahead in May or June next year.
"Floodlit Test cricket will not take place until the appropriate ball has been tested and approved," said the spokesman.