Duleep Trophy may be a D/N affair

 Matches with pink ball are fast becoming the new trend since the landmark day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand in November. Boards of Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan are mulling matches with pink ball.

And now India too has taken a step towards incorporating the revolutionary idea in its domestic format. The BCCI Tour and Program Fixtures Committee has recommended its technical committee to consider holding the day-night games in Duleep Trophy with the pink ball.

The decision was taken in the meeting in Mumbai where the committee also discussed various options to bring more fans to Test matches in the coming season, the BCCI said in a statement.

The first ever day and night Test was played between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide last year (November 27-29). It was termed successful as it brought crowds numbering nearly 45,000 to the stands each day. Now Pakistan has also decided to play the final of their first-class event, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with pink ball while Australia wants to have a day-night Ashes Test.

The BCCI, too, wish to experiment with the idea beginning with its domestic circuit and hoped it would attract the much-needed footfalls. More so with India slated to play a total of 13 Test matches at home during the 2016-17 season.

The Duleep Trophy, which is the premier inter-zonal first-class tournament, wasn’t held this season because of a cramped calendar. The next edition is expected to be played at the beginning of India's next season and BCCI would expect that it would reignite interest in the event which once held pride of place in the country's domestic scene.

“The day night Test is definitely an exciting concept. We would be seriously thinking about implementing it,” a BCCI technical committee member said.

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