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Day/night Tests in two years

Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 11:12 [IST]
 
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Day/night Tests in two years

London: Day-night cricket will be introduced within  two years, says International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan.

Morgan insists the ICC are committed to addressing declining interest levels in the five-day game in some nations by permitting the ground-breaking change.

The ICC is also looking into creating a World Test Championship although Morgan, speaking at a meeting of the Indian Journalists' Association at the Oval here on Wednesday, shied away from the term and stressed the need for Tests to have "context".

While this year's Ashes series in England was a sell-out, other leading test nations, including new world number ones India, struggle to fill stadiums for five-day matches.

"If you look at a country like Australia with large stadia and hot conditions, Australia is made for day-night test matches and I know the Australia Board are very keen," Morgan told reporters at a snowy Oval ground in London.

"If you had asked me 18 months ago I wouldn't have been overly enthusiastic. I would have thought of the records and the tradition, the Bradmans, the Shane Warnes, the Gavaskar records.

"But if you think the way it has changed over 130 years, I see very good reasons for moving to day-night cricket.

"It will bring crowds out in the way that they are unable to do in the working day."

India's rise to number one in the world Test rankings has appeared to prompt a change of heart among administrators at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), cricket's most financially powerful national governing body.

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