India will play their first Day-Night Test match against Bangladesh on November 22
In recent years, Day-Night Test matches are a new addition to International Cricket. Australia has played the most (5) Day-Night Test matches, till now. India and Bangladesh are the only Test-playing nations, who have not played a single Day-Night Test match yet.
In the upcoming series, India will play their first-ever Day-Night Test match vs Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
On October 29, BCCI announced that the 2nd Test match between India and Bangladesh will be a Day-Night Test match on November 22.
The crowd in India: Test cricket vs ODI & T20 cricket
Test cricket is the most challenging and oldest form of cricket. Test cricket is the nucleus of cricket but public interest in the format is decreasing day by day. This is because of the recent evolution of limited-overs cricket. Today, alarmingly few fans come to watch Test cricket. Nowadays, Indian fans prefer T20Is and ODIs more to International Test cricket.
Less crowd means less income, less publicity and because of this most of the young cricketers like to play limited-overs cricket. (ODI cricket, T20 cricket). However, if history is something to consider, Test cricket is crucial in maintaining the quality of cricket.
Why Test Match audience is waning in India?
This is a big question. Why does the cricket-loving country India not like the oldest format of the game? In countries like Australia and England, we see the same number of spectators in every format. India’s passion for cricket is undeniable. Almost every Indian is a cricket fan. In India, during IPL, ODI and T20I matches, spectators throng stadiums in huge numbers. Tickets prices touch the sky because of the high demands.
However, in Test cricket, stands have been half-empty recently. Even in big series like India vs Australia or India vs England, most seats remained empty. The anomaly has confused Cricket Pundits off late.
The major reasons behind decreasing Test crowd in India are:
- Ticket prices almost the same as ODI and T20 matches.
- Test cricket is time-consuming, going on for five days.
- There is generally a lesser sense of competition between players.
- Most Test Cricket grounds are in Tier II and III cities which restricts the travelling fans.
Can Pink Ball bring back the glory of Test Cricket?
India will play its first Day-Night Test match on November 22 against Bangladesh. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly made the decision of a Day-Night Test match to revive Test cricket in India. Pundits believe that Day-Night Test cricket will attract Indian fans back to Tests.
Cricket experts and pundits on India’s first Day-Night Test match
Now India have agreed to play a Day/Night Test against Bangladesh surely they will agree to play 1 or 2 in Australia next year … #JustSaying— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019
Bit of history. India to play its first day/night test in Kolkata against Bangladesh starting Oct 22. The timings will be interesting to see given that you don’t want dew to have a major say. But this is a beginning and the first sign of change post @SGanguly99 becoming president— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2019
However, there are alternative solutions to Day-Night Matches
Apart from Day-Night matches, there are other options to revive Test cricket fandom in India. Several Pundits believe:
- India should have only five stadiums designated as Test Match centers.
- Curating a proper pitch that’s good for both batting and bowling will being back the competitive instinct.
- Free passes for the local schools, budding young cricketers and college students will help bring in more vigour to Test Matches.