'Selfish' India need to play day-night Tests - Mark Waugh

039;Selfish' India need to play day-night Tests- Waugh

Cricket "Selfish India need to play day-night Tests- Waugh Getty Images

"So it's really only Australia, India and England where Test cricket is alive and well", he said. Many Indian national players, including captain Virat Kohli, are yet to play with the pink ball, one of the probable reasons behind India not tweaking with the original format.

Waugh further argued that he didn't understand India's reluctance to play day-night Test cricket given their depth in squad. There would be three T20 internationals prior to that.Mark - who will stand down from his duties at Australia's T20 selector in August - trained his guns at the Indian think tank and said that he simply doesn't understand India's apprehension towards pink-ball cricket and the younger of the illustrious Waugh brothers went up to the extent of calling BCCI as "selfish".

Cricket Australia were hoping to line up a day-night match for the first Test in Adelaide though they were flatly denied by the BCCI.

He leaves to join pay-tv company Fox Sports, which along with the free-to-air Seven Network won a bidding war last month for television and digital cricket rights in Australia in a six-year deal worth nearly Aus$1.2 billion (US$918 million).

The former Test batsman said it had been a tough decision and he was proud of the Australian team's achievements during his time as a selector. Their good records under floodlights might have prompted India to not play with the pink ball against them.

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". However, he believes that Ireland and Afghanistan, who will make their Test debut against India in June, will face a lot of challenges going forward.

India's tour of Australia, which will begin on November 21 and end on January 18, features three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs. They are yet to play a five-day pink-ball Test match.

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