India 'selfish' for refusing to play Day-Night Test: Mark Waugh

039;Selfish' India need to play day-night Tests- Waugh

Former Test batsman Mark Waugh has dubbed India's decision to not play day-night match against Australia as "selfish" while adding that their move is holding back the future of the game. "Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be". Many Indian national players, including captain Virat Kohli, are yet to play with the pink ball, one of the probable reasons behind India not tweaking with the original format. Indian cricket board started to accept the ODI cricket format, almost after a decade, when the first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test".

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Cricket Australia had tried hard to convince the the BCCI to play a Day-Night Test at the Adelaide Oval but the powerful Indian board turned down the offer saying its team was not ready for Pink-Ball cricket yet.

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Meanwhile, Waugh lauded Ireland for giving Pakistan a run for their money in their Test debut. The BCCI chairman of selectors maintained the format was "inappropriate" and "unnatural", but things started to change when the Indian Cricket Team lifted the 1983 World Cup. 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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