BCCI and NZC deny pulling out of D/N Test


The proposed day-night Test between India and New Zealand on the subcontinent in September is still on, both boards have confirmed, after media reports suggested the Kiwis were no longer keen.

Media reports this week said that the New Zealand players were wary of the dew in India at the proposed time, and that they didn't know how the pink ball would react, but the BCCI and NZC have reassured fans.

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke sent a text to Reuters, according to the Cricket Australia website, saying that the plan was still on track, and that the Kiwis had not expressed any such reservations.

A NZC spokesperson also told www.stuff.co.nz: "NZC has taken the precaution of contacting the BCCI to advise statements in the article regarding a day-night Test are in no way representative of our position, and that no such comments have been made by our board.

"The only comment NZC has made on the matter is that it's supportive of the concept … and that stance hasn't changed."

Only one day-night Test has been played to date, between the Black Caps and Australia in November last year. Aside from the above match, South Africa are set to face the Aussies under lights later this year.