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Published: February 17, 2020 4:20:10 am
A day-night Test in Australia throughout India’s tour Down Under subsequent winter (southern summer season), a pink-ball dwelling Test in opposition to England early subsequent yr, contracts for first-class cricketers from the subsequent season onwards and affirmation of the All-Star recreation to inaugurate the renovated Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, have been a number of the choices taken on the BCCI Apex Council assembly in New Delhi on Sunday.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed to the reporters in Delhi that India will play Day-Night Tests in opposition to Australia and England. “Yes, India will play a day-night Test in Australia. Also, the second Test between India and England at Motera will be a day-night affair,” an Apex Council member instructed The Indian Express. India will play a four-Test collection in Australia in December-January, whereas England will come right here for a five-Test collection in January-February 2021. A house day-night Test goes to be an annual fixture.
The choice was taken after India’s first-ever day-night Test, in opposition to Bangladesh, at Eden Gardens in November final yr grew to become an excellent hit. Ganguly has all the time maintained that that is the best way ahead, given the dwindling stadium attendances in long-form cricket.
During India’s final tour of Australia, in 2018-19, the BCCI, nonetheless, had refused to play a day-night Test, however Ganguly, after assuming the BCCI high workplace, had a gathering with captain Virat Kohli, which paved the best way for India taking part in day-night Tests.
“I don’t know what’s the reason they didn’t want to play (Adelaide day-night Test). I met Virat, met him for an hour and the first question was that we need to have day-night Test cricket. The answer in three seconds was, ‘yes let’s go ahead and do it’. So I really don’t know what’s happened in the past,” Ganguly had stated.
Kohli, too, had spoken about his group’s readiness to play day-night Tests in Australia. “We are ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba or Perth… it doesn’t matter to us. It’s become an exciting feature of any Test series and we are open to playing day-night Tests.”
The proposal to play day-night Tests in Australia was formally put ahead by Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings, when he and his delegation met the BCCI top-brass final month. The Indian board agreed to play a day-night Test, though it’s but to be confirmed whether or not Adelaide will host the match or Brisbane.
No Pak participant for All-Star recreation
As reported by this paper, an exhibition All-Star recreation between Asia XI and World XI recreation might be performed in March to inaugurate the brand new Sardar Patel stadium, constructed at a value of Rs 700 crore after razing down the previous construction at Motera, Ahmedabad. But no Pakistan participant might be a part of it, this paper has learnt. Given the cross-border stress and a freeze in India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties, Pakistani gamers might be saved out of the occasion.
Contract for first-class cricketers
The Apex Council determined to hand out contracts to first-class cricketers from the subsequent season onwards. This was excessive on the BCCI agenda because the elected physique took cost in final October. It is learnt that first-class cricketers might be introduced below contract system, like England and Australia, via respective state associations. At current, first-class cricketers are paid Rs 35,000 per day for a multi-day fixture. The Apex Council additionally determined to launch funds to the state associations.
Office-bearers to determine ethics officer’s extension
Meanwhile, the Apex Council empowered the BCCI office-bearers to take a name on the cricket board’s ombudsman-cum-ethics officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain’s extension. Justice Jain was appointed in February final yr on a one-year time period. PTI has reported quoting Justice Jain that the battle of curiosity criticism in opposition to Kapil Dev been rendered “infructuous”.
Siva in competition
Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is in competition to change into a nationwide selector, an insider knowledgeable. “He is one of the applicants. Candidates are yet to be shortlisted, but the BCCI will complete the process of appointing the new selectors this month,” he stated. The Apex Council additionally determined that the BCCI will make an ad-hoc cost of Rs 2 crore to the Indian Cricketers’ Association.
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