CoA chief Vinod Rai backs India's decision to not play day-night Test

Opinion has been divided over India's hesitation to play pink ball cricket

Vinod-Rai-afp (File) CoA chief Vinod Rai

Vinod Rai, chairman of the Committee of Administrators, endorsed the Indian team management's view to not play day and night Test in Adelaide during its tour to Australia later this year.

On being asked why India was not agreeing to Cricket Australia's proposal to make the Adelaide Test a pink ball, Rai, who was at a book launch, said, "What is wrong in our team wanting to win all matches? Day and night match can only happen after our cricketers agree."

Opinion has been divided over India's stated hesitation to play pink ball cricket at international level. Traditionally, Indian cricket administration has been notoriously hesitant in adapting to any innovation. Even in case of T20 cricket, India was one of the last countries to accept and play it.

CoA-led cricket administration has not shown any signs of encouraging the national team to play Test cricket under lights.

The BCCI old guard, however, has been keen on adopting day and night Test cricket.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who was also present at the event, however, differed. “What's wrong in playing? Why should one be scared about losing the match? This is the future if one wants to save Test cricket.”

Duleep Trophy has been played with pink ball for the last two seasons.