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December 9, 2019

PCB proposes day-night Karachi Test to Bangladesh

Sports

December 9, 2019

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered Bangladesh to play at least one day-night Test amidst continuing uncertainty over whether the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) would get the security clearance to send their team to Pakistan early next year.

The series is still awaiting clearance from the BCB as it is waiting on the security report and the board is mulling whether to propose shifting the tour to a neutral venue if it does not get the green signal from its government.

“The idea behind encouraging day-night cricket and offering Bangladesh is to counter the problem of dwindling crowds,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani told ESPNcricinfo.

“We intend to add at least one day-night Test in our home itinerary. The benefit, other than better crowds, is that we can have an opportunity to extend our cricketing season. Like in Pakistan if the season ends in the mid-April or earlier, we can extend it by having day-night games to fill in an empty window.”

“It’s really unfair to play Test cricket in front of empty stadiums and with this idea we hope crowds will turn up for this unique experience after their job in evening. Now, almost every Test-cricket-playing member has started playing day-night cricket and we think at least one day-night Test should be played in a series,” he added.

According to the ICC Future Tours Programme, Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests in Pakistan. According to a report, PCB is planning for the pink ball Test to be played at Karachi.

Bangladesh played their first-ever day-night Test at Kolkata on November 14, a game that threatened to end inside two days but eventually finished on the first session of day three with India handing an innings defeat to the Tigers.

Bangladesh suffered from lack of preparation heading into the pink ball Test, in fact the Test series itself, during their tour of India where tight scheduling left little room for adjusting to the longer format.

The PCB has been experimenting with day-night first-class cricket for the last eight years starting with the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2011, which was played with an orange ball.

The PCB was also keen to host a day-night Test in 2013, two years before the first one between Australia and New Zealand. The board had approached Sri Lanka to see if it could be possible but the SLC declined saying citing lack of practice with the pink ball.

In 2016, PCB agreed to a day-night Test against Australia in Brisbane. Pakistan have played four pink ball five-day matches so far and hosted Sri Lanka in a day-night Test in Dubai, which they lost by 68 runs.