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BCCI is actively thinking about day-night Tests: Saba Karim

By Unnikrishnan
Saba Karim says home and away system to return to Ranji Trophy knockouts from next season

Bengaluru, March 14: Former India stumper Saba Karim, now the BCCI GM (Operations), said the possibility of day-night Test is being explored in order to save the traditional format.

"We are exploring the possibility. There is a strong reason why we should have day/night Tests. If you look at it from a global perspective, then there are other nations who have gone ahead and played day/night Tests with some excellent results.

"They drew a large attendance. The ICC has come up with a statement that all of us need to sit together to work out a system to save Test cricket. One of the suggestions was to have day-night Tests," Karim told the Times of India.

India has always been viewed as poor travellers, not entirely without validation. Karim said the BCCI was planning to send India 'A' team, which contains some India regulars, to the country that the senior team is scheduled to tour.

"We plan to have India A 'shadowing' the Indian team. We want India A to travel to the same country where the Indian team is supposed to tour later, so that some of our players can get acclimatized to the conditions," said Karim.

Karim said the Ranji Trophy knockout matches will be held on a home and away basis from next season.

"From next season, we'll have the Ranji knockouts on a home and away system. This format was much appreciated at the conclave by both the captains and coaches. This was because of the excellent job done by the (neutral) curators across venues. We want do away with the concept of neutral venues. We want more people to come and watch domestic cricket," said Karim.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:23 [IST]
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