Australia welcome ICC approval

Cricket Australia on Tuesday welcomed ICC’s decision to approve day-night Test matches, and said the world body’s new ruling will pave the way for day-night Tests becoming a reality soon.

In a decision intended to boost the flagging popularity of the five-day game, the ICC gave its nod to day-night Test matches but left it to the interested parties to choose the type of ball to be used.

CA chief executive officer James Sutherland patted ICC for their innovative decision.
“Test cricket is by definition played on at least three week days, times when most people are at work or school, and this limits the ability of fans to attend or watch on TV,” he said in a statement.

“We limit ourselves by staging cricket’s premium format at times when fans often cannot watch. We know that the audience for the Perth Test, which is on TV in the evening on the east coast, is up significantly because fans in the East can tune in after work.”

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