India reject Australia day-night Test

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"Under the circumstances, I regret to say that the proposed day-night Test can not be played and all Tests will have to have the conventional structure".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially informed Cricket Australia that India will not play any Day/Night Test match on their tour Down Under at the end of this year. The Australians will then host a two-test series against Sri Lanka, starting January 24 with a day-night match in Brisbane followed by a test debut for Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin (C) celebrates with captain Virat Kohli (L) after India won the second Test cricket match against Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on 27 November 2017.

The Indian team management's contention is that a day-night game might work against their favour as they eye a historic series triumph in Australia.

Bradshaw said the benefits of hosting the world's most popular Test team would outweigh the loss of the day-night fixture.

"It's the way of the future and India may or may not come around to that idea for this tour but I still believe it's the way of the future".

According to thehindu.com, acting secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary reportedly contacted Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland via email to inform him of India's position.

The match - which will open the Test summer on December 6 - will be played in the traditional timeslot instead. Sutherland has expressed hope that once the ICC Test Championship begins in 2019 there will be regulations in place to allow the home board to decide on a series format.

"We are, however, also positive that our Test match next summer will still be a big victor with SACA members and cricket fans".

It is the first match of a two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

With CA already hosting Day-Night Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and England in the past, and winning all three of them, the CA spokesperson said that the country will still continue to host at least one pink-ball Test each home summer.

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