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Sri Lanka and Pakistan would have played the first international day-night Test if SLC had accepted the PCB’s offer
Just days after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Jayantha Dharmadasa revealed that the board would seriously consider allowing the national team to play a day-night Test against Pakistan when they tour the United Arab Emirates in December, SLC have announced that they have rejected the offer.
The board attributed its decision to the fact that their players do not have much experience playing Test matches under floodlights and with a pink ball.
“Since the national team players have not practiced under lights and with the new pink ball, the executive committee decided to stand by the decision taken by the national team management, to inform PCB that SLC is not willing to play a day-night Test match as requested by PCB,” a SLC release said.
It is also understood that SLC have declined the offer to play a day-night Test due to the fact that they want to give the national team the best chance of beating Pakistan, thus improving their odds of rising up the Test team rankings, where they currently sit at seventh.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Nadeem Sarwar was disappointed with SLC’s decision as he firmly believes that day-night Tests are the future of the sport.
“The major aspect in our discussion with SLC is the correspondence on the colour and brand of the ball,” Sarwar added. “The venues are definitely ideal and there is no dew factor involved in December and January.”
Just last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) voiced their support for day-night Tests, but stated that the respective cricket boards have to decide what time play starts and ends, along with what brand and what colour ball should be used.
Sri Lanka’s tour of the United Arab Emirates consists of three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.