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Volume 10 No. 22
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Australia's Channel Nine Hopes To Broadcast Night Cricket Within Three Years

A senior Channel Nine official said night Test cricket "could become a reality within three years," according to Jon Pierik of the BRISBANE TIMES. Nine cricket Exec Producer Brad McNamara said that the network "is in talks with Cricket Australia to possibly stage a one-off Test under lights." McNamara said, ''The problem with Test matches, as opposed to one-dayers and Twenty20s, is the majority of the population are at work and don't get to see most of it. So, with a night Test match, that once again becomes a much more valuable commodity, not only for us but cricket in general." The idea of night Test cricket "has been floated for several years, but the stumbling block has always remained finding a suitable Kookaburra ball. The traditional red ball cannot be seen properly under lights." McNamara, a former cricketer with New South Wales, said that a pink-lacquered ball "might work." McNamara said, "That's the sticking point. It's amazing -- all the technology available to man at the moment but we can't get a cricket ball that works at night" (BRISBANE TIMES, 7/11).