Bangalore, Jun 23: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has said he doesn't favour day and night Test matches and felt it should first be tried out in first class games before introducing in the longest format of the game.
There have been proposals to bring crowds to Test matches by having day and night matches. International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking at using pink balls for day and night Tests. There have been trials also with the same ball during domestic matches.
When Tendulkar's views were sought on the issue by NDTV English news channel, he said: "I think it's not as easy as it seems."
He continued: "Because as long as you're sure of the cricket ball retaining its colour and it's being picked by the batters, then you can try it out, but I wouldn't straight away go to Test cricket. Why not first try it out in first class cricket and get the response from the players all across the world, not just a few countries, but all across the world and then take that step forward."
Tendulkar, who has been a brilliant batsman over the years, knows how it will be to play the most traditional format of the game in a new way. With the Mumbai man giving his opinion, ICC will definitely be listening and might try and implement the changes first in domestic cricket.
More trials will be needed before the pink ball and day and night Tests come into force.
Tendulkar is the most capped Test batsman in the history of the game. He is also the record holder for most Test runs and also One Day runs. His amazing list of records also include 100 international tons, recently achieved in March against Bangladesh in Asia Cup.
Tendulkar has so far played 188 Tests, scoring 15,470 runs. In 463 ODIs, he has 18,426 runs.