Coming soon to India: Day/night Tests
"We have decided that we will play one Day/Night Test match with a pink ball against New Zealand later this year. Before that Duleep Trophy will act as a dress rehearsal for the Day/Night Test match," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told reporters at the BCCI's headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.
Thakur said that the main objective of the Duleep Trophy would be to check how the pink kookaburra behaves under lights in sub-continental conditions.
"While we have not zeroed in on the venue, there are lots of factors that need to be taken into account. Things like dew factor, how the spinners bowl with the pink kookaburra on Indian pitches. These things we will get an idea during the Duleep Trophy," said Thakur.
It is expected that all leading Indian players will play in that Duleep game in order to get an idea and also give a feedback to the board before they go ahead with the Test match.
While Test matches in India are played with 'SG Test' balls, Thakur said a pink kookaburra will be used for the upcoming match.
"We may ask SG to manufacture pink balls later but that has to be of the quality of pink balls that kookaburra produces," said Thakur.