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Outgoing Australia national selector Mark Waugh has slammed India for refusing to play a day-night Test against the Baggy Greens at the Adelaide Oval in December.
Waugh, who will step down from his role as a selector in August, believes India’s decision was selfish as day-night Tests could help revive the longest format, which has seen a decrease in attendance all over the world.
“It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket,” he said on Big Sports Breakfast radio as quoted by cricket.com.au. “Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be.”
Waugh added that India should be doing everything in their power to preserve Test cricket, especially as they are one of the few nations that manage to draw in big crowds.
“So it’s really only Australia, India and England where Test cricket is alive and well,” he said. “For me that’s a concern.”
The former Australia batsman also made it clear that he has no clue as to why India are so reluctant to play day-night Tests.
“Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they’ve got a string of fast bowlers, so they don’t just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well,” he said. “So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”
Meanwhile, Waugh lauded Ireland for giving Pakistan a run for their money in their Test debut. However, he believes that Ireland and Afghanistan, who will make their Test debut against India in June, will face a lot of challenges going forward.
“Their challenge will be to bring some younger players through, because they’re a pretty old team,” Waugh said. “The depth of Irish cricket is going to be key there. The same for Afghanistan.
“They’ve got a lot of talent, some fine young players. They’ve got two of the better bowlers in the IPL tournament in Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
“So there’s countries coming into the frame of Test cricket around world, but they can’t come in for just a little while and hope they do well, they need infrastructure and some depth in their playing ranks and that’s going to be pushed in the coming years.”