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Old 11-04-2009, 06:47 PM
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Cricket Australia is preparing to defy 130 years of tradition by organising day-night Test matches on a trial basis by 2010. The trial will be the biggest revolution to hit the game since Kerry Packer introduced World Series Cricket 30 years ago, reports The Australian. Officials are examining the possibility of scheduling games from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and claim the move would allow more people to watch the cricket at the grounds and on television.

Tests, which traditionally begin at 11 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m., always span weekends, but suffer from smaller audiences on weekdays when people work.
The day games also miss TV’s prime ratings periods.

“We are tossing it around and working out the fundamentals,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. “In a realistic sense, we don’t see any reason why we can’t be at least trialling some day-night Test cricket matches - not necessarily all of them - before the end of the decade. It could happen sooner, I don’t know. We need to explore that and go through a consultative process.”

“I’m not going to say we will do it for all Tests. I am saying that in order to meet consumer demands and to satisfy, if not fuel, consumer interests in the game, it would appear there are many good reasons why we should be playing Test cricket at night,” Sutherland added.Packer introduced day-night one-day
international matches in November 1978, using yellow and later white balls. They have proven to be a hit with TV audiences and crowds who can pick up the
game after work.

Meanwhile, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is pressing forward with plans to dispense with the usual all-white Test attire for a floodlit match
against Bangladesh next year. Lord's, the home of cricketing tradition, is poised to host a day-night Test match with players wearing coloured, one-day style outfits. ICC said "This matter will definitely be on the agenda of the cricket committee meeting in May. Overall, the ICC remains committed to the promotion of Test cricket, and if this means playing some Tests under lights, we should certainly consider it."

The match, the first of two Tests against Bangladesh, will be played in late May next year and it is hoped the new format will boost attendances.

The biggest problem with night cricket is finding a ball that can be seen and that can endure the rigours of Test matches. Trials with day-night state matches in the past encountered problems with seeing the yellow ball, particularly at dusk, and also the amount of dew that fell on some grounds. Kookaburra has developed a pink ball, which is being trialled in Australian women’s cricket this year as a promotional tool for breast cancer, but there are plans to introduce it to English county cricket next season.

In Australia there are light towers at every Test venue except Hobart. In countries such as India, where cricket is played during winter and limited by
short days, day-night cricket could extend the season.“Cricket is sport but it’s also entertainment and as administrators our responsibility is to meet
customers’ needs,” Sutherland said.

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Old 14-04-2009, 04:41 PM
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ya, it would be not nice but exiting one to watch matches at night.
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criket everywhere, any time....i am liking it...
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