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Mark Waugh calls India selfish for not playing pink-ball Test

Mark Waugh calls India selfish for not playing pink-ball Test”

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

Former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh has hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) for their reluctance to play a day-night Test during India's tour of Australia, later this year.Earlier, the BCCI had officially informed Cricket Australia that Virat Kohli and Co would not engage in any pink-ball Test during their tour Down Under.

This has led to Waugh calling them selfish, who feels that pink-ball is a great way to revitalise the slow death of Test cricket in an age where the shorter formats get most views.

India play three twenty20 internationals, four Tests and three one-day internationals in their tour of Australia from November to January. "For me that's a concern", Mark said on Big Sports Breakfast radio on Wednesday.

Bangladesh, Ireland and India are three nations who are yet to play with a pink ball. Why is the BCCI unconvinced by the day-night format, and why are Indian Cricket Bosses unsure about the day-night format of the Test cricket?

Waugh sounded amazed at why India does not want to play pink-ball cricket given the amount of skills and talent on offer.

"Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they've got a string of fast bowlers, so they don't just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well", he said.

CA CEO James Sutherland too had tried to convince the BCCI to play the Day-Night Test besides saying that the home team should have the right to schedule matches "as it sees fit".

Meanwhile, Waugh lauded Ireland for giving Pakistan a run for their money in their Test debut.

Waugh, who stepped down from the post of Australian national selector after serving nearly four years at the job, further said that though Test cricket was the pure form of cricket, the popularity has dropped in many cricketing countries such as West Indies and South Africa.

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