Mark Waugh calls India selfish for not playing pink-ball Test

Jose Verdugo
May 16, 2018

Mark Waugh, former Australian cricketer turned commentator, has blamed India for being selfish in not playing pink-ball Test match.

Much has been said about Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) refusal to play day-night Test against Australia in Australia later this year. Why is the BCCI unconvinced by the day-night format, and why are Indian Cricket Bosses unsure about the day-night format of the Test cricket?

"Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they've got a string of fast bowlers, so they don't just rely on the spinners, and their batsmen are technically very good as well", Waugh explained.

BCCI had to cancel the scheduled pink-ball Test against Australia after the members of the team reportedly denied to participate in a day/night fixture.

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India play three Twenty20 internationals, four Tests and three one-day internationals in their tour of Australia from November to January.

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Bangladesh, Ireland and India are three nations who are yet to play with a pink ball. However, he believes that Ireland and Afghanistan, who will make their Test debut against India in June, will face a lot of challenges going forward. Their good records under floodlights might have prompted India to not play with the pink ball against them. It ended cricket's four-decade relationship with the rival Nine Network and also sidelined the CBS-backed Ten Network, which had previously screened Big Bash League games. They are yet to play a five-day pink-ball Test match.

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