Why the BCCI's opposition to day-night Test cricket is about to change

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The incoming president of Indian cricket's governing body has signalled a complete reversal of the country's stance against day-night Test matches.

Despite repeated efforts by Cricket Australia, India refused to play a day-night Test during their tour last summer, regardless of the success of the Adelaide match since it switched to the day-night format in 2015-16.

Under the International Cricket Council rules, the visiting nation had the option to reject any scheduling proposal put forward by the host nation, meaning that CA was fighting the battle with one hand behind its back.

Indian coach Ravi Shastri told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the side wasn't ready to play under lights and would require 12-18 months to prepare.

That's an attitude that will change next week, when former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly takes over as President of the BCCI.

Ganguly, one of the country's most revered captains, has made it clear the future of day-night matches will be high on his agenda, having been a vocal supporter of the pink-ball format.

In an interview with Indian news agency IANS, Ganguly was bullish about the future of Test cricket under lights.

"We will deal with it. It is too early for me to comment on how we will work on this, but let me take office and then we will discuss this with every member," he explained.

 

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