oppn parties Day-Night Tests To Bring Cricket Lovers To The Ground

News Snippets

  • Flipkart assures employees that there will be no job or salary cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Although it was obvious, but the government still clarifies that there is no need to switch off appliances and only lights need to be switched off on April 5 at 9pm after confusion in the minds of some people
  • PM Modi and President Trump decide "to deploy full strength of (Indo-US) partnership" to fight against COVID-19
  • 17 states have reported 1023 cases of coronavirus linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, which translates to 30% of all positive cases in India
  • The government says people should not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles on April 5
  • The railways say there is no certainty yet when services will resume after the lockdown and a final decision will be taken in the next few days
  • As coronavirus cases multiply in Assam, six north-east states seal their borders with the state
  • Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POCOSO) putting all systems and protocols in place at war-footing to ensure there is no grid failure due to reduction in demand on April 5 at 9 pm
  • Power ministry scotches rumours that the power grid might fail due to the 9-minute blackout called by PM Modi on Sunday, April 5
  • Centre asks people to wear home-made masks if it is absolutely essential for them to step out of homes
  • Centre asks states to allow licensed street vendors to sell essential items
  • 8000 samples were tested across India on April 2, but the government said that testing will be need-based and will not be used as a confidence-boosting measure
  • Air India operating special flights to fly passengers stuck in India since the lockdown
  • For the first time in history, Darjeeling loses first flush tea due to suspension of garden work for Covid-19 outbreak
  • Supreme Court asks journalists to be responsible and publish only the official version of news after it was brought to its notice that migrant exodus started after the 'fake' news that the lockdown will be extended to three months
Total count stands ar 3082 as India records 16 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in a single day
oppn parties
Day-Night Tests To Bring Cricket Lovers To The Ground

By Slogger

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Holding an extreme view and carting the ball out of the park is what interests him most. He is a hard hitter at all times. Fasten your seatbelts and read.

In an excellent move, the new BCCI president Saurav Ganguly wrote to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCC) to find out whether they would agree to play day and night Test matches in the upcoming series. Ganguly did this after consulting Indian captain Virat Kohli who agreed to the proposal. The BCC agreed after a small delay (as they were facing a players' revolt along with the ICC ban on Shakib ul Hassan, their top player) and now, Kolkata's iconic Eden Gardens would be hosting the first day and night Test match in India in November end.

This is a good move because Kohli was miffed at empty stands during India's Test with South Africa in Ranchi and had suggested that the BCCI should limit Test centres to the major metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru. While there are many considerations to be made (as the BCCI has regional stakeholders and a rotational policy that dictates which match is to be held where) in adopting that suggestion, Ganguly has done the next best thing by introducing day-night Test matches.

With the limited-overs version of the game gaining massive popularity in recent times, Test matches have lost out. But cricket aficionados still consider them as the ultimate test of the strength of a team. Now, with results coming up in almost all Test matches due to various reasons (not the least because of helpful pitches and the lack of grafting by most modern batsmen who have been reared on the instant variety of cricket), there is a renewed interest in Test matches.

But even those who seriously want to watch matches on the ground cannot make it as they are held on working days and time. If matches are scheduled from 2 pm to 10 pm, then many cricket lovers can make it to the ground at 5 pm or 6 pm after their office is over. Of course, getting transport back home at the late finishing hour will play in the back of their minds but the local administration can work that out by asking public transport to serve till late hours on those days. Then in India, the dew will be a factor after nightfall. The public needs to be brought back to the grounds for watching Test matches and having day-night matches is the right way to do this.