Tilakaratne Dilshan, Day-Night Test
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The game of cricket is evolving on a regular basis. One of those new thoughts is the introduction of Day/Night Tests to the cricket fanatics. In fact, it succeeded in drawing the fans to the stadiums, as the audience found it suitable to their timings and also the level of entertainment was at its best. Still, it failed to get the applause from a few cricketers, in which, Tilakaratne Dilshan is one of them.

Cricket Australia wants to embed at least one Pink Ball Test at any cost in their home Test series. They also cited the ticket sales aren’t up to the mark compared to Night games in Adelaide. Much to the same, other cricket boards are trying to embed one Day-NIght Test match in a bilateral series.

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Test Cricket Should Be Played In A Traditional Way – Tilakaratne Dilshan

Speaking of the same, Tilakaratne Dilshan opined that Test cricket should be kept simple and follow the same traditional format as it was earlier. He wants the boards across the world to put Test format, in the same way, to ensure cricket to remain Gentlemen Game.

Pink Ball Test Match
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The 43-year-old was also not in favour of the International Cricket Council’s introduction of jersey numbers in Test cricket. He feels the game should be clean and plain.

“I don’t think you should play Day-Night. Test cricket should be played only in daylight and in full whites, without numbers on the back. That’s a personal view. We should keep it simple. It’s the main format,” Dilshan said on the sidelines of the Road Safety World Series on Thursday. I feel Test cricket should be played in the traditional way, just like the gentleman’s game,” he said.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rajapaksa
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“Early on in my career, we used to play a lot of one-dayers besides Test cricket. Some countries have now reduced number of Test matches to make way for more T20 and ODIs, so it has affected Tests, but ICC should push Test cricket more,” Dilshan, who played 87 Tests for Sri Lanka, said. If you ask any cricketer – even now – and they will say they love to play Test cricket the most. That’s where the real talent is tested.”

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Perhaps, Dilshan was right in his opinion. But, the opening day attendances for the last three pink-ball matches have seen turnouts of 47,441 (vs New Zealand in 2015), 32,255 (vs South Africa in 2016) and 55,000 (vs England in 2017), respectively.


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