As per recent reports, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to host a pink-ball Test match in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka in February this year. Sri Lanka is set to tour India for a two-match Test series which will be a part of the World Test Championship cycle.
India has only hosted two pink-ball affairs so far and BCCI is now looking to stage the third in Bengaluru against Sri Lanka. It would be difficult to hold the day-night contest in Mohali, which is the other venue for the series, due to dew.
“There is a chance that the first two T20Is to start the tour will be played in Dharamshala before the series moves to Mohali for the third T20I and the first Test. Lucknow may miss out on hosting a T20I. Having the pink ball Test in Mohali is difficult since dew is expected to play a big role. However, BCCI is still monitoring the Covid-19 situation in the country. A final call to tweak the schedule will be taken soon,” a BCCI source told TOI.
India hosted their first-ever day-night Test match in 2019 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata against Bangladesh. While Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad hosted the second pink-ball affair against England last year which lasted for only two days.
Sri Lanka Cricket requests BCCI to play T20 series before Tests
Before coming to India, Sri Lanka will be playing a T20I series in Australia. According to reports, suggested that Sri Lanka Cricket wants BCCI to tweak the schedule and hosts the T20I series ahead of the Test match to make it convenient for the players to shift from one bubble to another.
“Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has requested BCCI to play the T20I series first instead of the Test matches. The Sri Lankan team will be playing a T20I series against Australia before coming to India. It will be convenient for them to send a team which will be already in a bubble,” a top BCCI official said.
With the current itinerary, former captain Virat Kohli is expected to play his 100th Test match in Bengaluru which is essentially his home away from home. Kohli has enjoyed a massive fan following because of his association with the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
• BCCI planning to host a day-night test in Bengaluru.
• SLC wants the BCCI to hold the T20 series before the Tests.