The West Indies Cricket Board has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it's ready to play a day/night Test provided the team gets a three-day practice match under lights.
The BCCI today finalised Indian teams home series itinerary and picked the two centres for hosting Test matches during the West Indies tour. Before that, India will play a one-off Test against Afghanistan from June 14-18 in Bengaluru. The Men in Blue will fly to Australia after their series against West Indies. The venues for two Test matches against West Indies have been decided yet as Rajkot (4-8 October) and Hyderabad (12-16th October).
The historic one-off Test against Afghanistan in June will precede the West Indies series and India will leave for Australia after completing their assignments against the Caribbeans.
The tour will end with three Twenty20 Internationals in Calcutta, Chennai and Kanpur.
Strangely enough, Australia will then return to India to play a series of limited-overs between February 24 and March 13.
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The CoA was unhappy that acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary had explored had discussed the possibility of playing a day-night Test with Ravi Shastri even as the head coach was not averse to the idea.
"The Committee (CoA) considered the proposal of converting one of the two Test matches into a day-night match and considered the view of all stakeholders and the view was unanimous favouring this experiment", Chaudhary said. While Mohali, Delhi, Nagpur, Hyderabad, and Ranchi will host five ODIs, Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru have gotten the chance to host the shortest version of the game.
India's worldwide home season is scheduled to commence with the Asia Cup, which is likely to begin on September 18, subject to the Indian government giving permission to allow Pakistan to play.
The Windies will be in India for a full-fledged tour, but the day-night Test is subject still to approval from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).
In a bold move, CoA had made a decision to virtually clip the wings of three principal BCCI office bearers comprising C.K. Khanna (acting BCCI president), Amitabh Choudhary (acting BCCI secretary) and Anirudh Chaudhry (BCCI treasurer), thus barring them from convening any meetings, including the ones regarding team?s selection.
Coming back to the day/night Test, the Vinod Rai-headed panel had earlier frowned on the cricket board's day/night Test move, coming down hard on Choudhary for not keeping the CoA in the loop.