The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday confirmed that India would play day-night Test against Australia this year and against England next year. After showing hesitation, India finally played their first-ever day-night Test in November when they hosted Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens.
The world number one Test side made a memorable start to their journey in day-night Test as they dismantled Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs. Ever since India played their first Test under the lights, there have been talks over the possibility of the Virat Kohli-led side playing a pink-ball Test in Australia and Sourav Ganguly has confirmed it.
India will tour Australia towards the end of the year for a four-match Test series. After the tour of Australia ends, India will host England for a five-Test series which will be their last series in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.
“Day-night Test will happen and we will make a public announcement — the second Test against England next year. Yes, against Australia also,” Sourav Ganguly told reporters after the Apex Council meeting in Delhi.
As of now, India are gearing up to take on New Zealand in the upcoming two-match Test series. After losing the ODI series 3-0, Virat Kohli & Co. will be desperate to get back to winning ways in the upcoming series. India’s seven-Test winning run in the ongoing Test Championship is also at the stake. They are currently at the top of the points table after winning all of their seven games so far.
A series win in New Zealand will all but seal the team’s place in the top two of the Test Championship. The upcoming series will be the first Test meeting between the two teams since 2016 when New Zealand visited India for a three-match series.