The BCCI has firmly stated that the Indian Cricket team will not be a part of any Day/Night Test match while on their tour Down Under.
Australian cricket governing body, Cricket Australia also had a few terms and conditions as well. They insisted on having a pink-ball (Day/Night) Test during the tour. This Day/Night test has been a standard practice for all touring teams for the past few years. However, the Indian board insisted on the traditional red-ball matches and no deviations.
The Indian team management, headed by Ravi Shastri, said that the team will need at least 18 months to prepare for the Day/Night Test. The CA wished for the opening Test at Adelaide from December 6-10 to be a pink-ball Test match. But the BCCI wouldn’t budge
“I am directed to say by the Committee of Administrators that India would begin to play in the format only in about a year’s time. Under the circumstances, I regret to say that the proposed D/N test cannot be played and all tests will have to have the conventional structure,” said Choudhary in his e-mail to CA head, Sutherland.
Speaking to the media, Sutherland said that India’s reluctance to play the pink ball Test was boils down to their urge to win the series. Australia has a great track record at home, having not lost a single Test match under lights.
India will be at a disadvantage as only Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have played Day/Night pink ball matches in Duleep Trophy.
But before India can worry about the Australia test, they still have a one-off Test against Afghanistan. That match will be held on the 27th of June. Later, India will play an away 5-match test series against England coming up on the 1st of August.