Pakistan Cricket Board Considering Day-Night Tests Against Sri Lanka
The Pakistan Cricket Board has offered Sri Lanka Cricket a "chance to play a day-night Test on their tour to the United Arab Emirates in winter," according to Umar Farooq of ESPN's CRICINFO. Two of three Tests on the tour "are scheduled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and these could be potential venues to host the day-night Test." The Int'l Cricket Council last year "approved the idea of day-night Test matches but left it to member boards to decide on the hours of play and the colour of the ball to be used." PCB spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar said, "We have offered to play a Test match under lights. We are keen to experiment with day-night Test cricket as we believe that this would help in reviving interest in the format." Sri Lanka has not "conducted any trials for day-night first-class or Test cricket," but it appears "positively disposed to the prospect of being a part of the first floodlit Test." Sri Lanka Cricket President Jayantha Dharmadasa said, "We shouldn't say no if the only reason is that it doesn't suit us." Sarwar said that a "day-night Test could attract spectators and broadcasters." Sarwar: "Preliminary enquiries have revealed that there is an interest amongst sponsors and broadcasters in day-night Test cricket as it could add commercial momentum" (CRICINFO, 8/14).