Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that there is nothing wrong in playing day-night tests. Earlier, the BCCI opposed the proposal of playing day-night test at Adelaide. The COA chairman Vinod Rai backed the proposal of BCCI. This angered the international experts and welcomed criticism from players like Mark Waugh and Ian Chappell. He is the third highest test wicket-taker for India.
Speaking about the decision made by BCCI he said, “I don’t know why they don’t want to play day-night Test matches. It’s an interesting format and we should try it. I am all for it,”
”Tell me what’s the apprehension of playing with pink ball? If you play, you can adjust. It may not be as difficult as it seems ,”
In this context, COA chairman Vinod Rai said that ”I believe every team wants to win the series and that’s why we want to give our team the best possible chance,”
Vinod Rai said these words at a function attended by Harbhajan Singh.
The seasonal off-spinner said that ”So what if you get out? We have fast bowlers to trouble them. And what makes us think our batsmen can’t take up the challenge of facing Aussie pacers. It’s a challenge and what’s the harm in taking up the challenge. When we were new to Test cricket, we had only learned how to bowl with SG Test and then slowly learned to bowl with kookaburra and dukes,” when asked about the tough situations to face Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood under the lights and said that life is a learning process.
”Don’t you accept the challenge of playing England in overcast conditions in their country. Isn’t that a challenge? If we could take up that challenge why not pink ball cricket,”
”Life is a learning process and there is no harm if we could adapt to a new format.”
He said that promoting pink ball cricket supports the longevity of test cricket. ”Had it been so, it would have been introduced much earlier. But no harm playing pink ball tests from time to time,”
He said that India can host day-night matches except in October, November, and December due to dew factors. He said that ”Then don’t play pink ball Test in October-November if you feel dew is a factor. Play at some other time when the dew factor can be negated but try out a new thing,” and concluded.