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Dravid backs day-night Tests Published: 14 December 2011

Rahul Dravid believes day-night Tests and a World Test Championship are “seriously worth exploring” in an effort to safeguard the future of Test cricket.

India legend Dravid delivered the annual Bradman Oration in Canberra (opens in a new window), Australia, where he discussed his hopes and fears for the future of the international game.

Dravid urged the ICC to look at the volume of ODI cricket currently played, saying the "mad merry-go-round" of the current touring programme must be scaled down.

The batsman also described Test cricket as the "gold standard," format of the game, saying it remained the most important for international cricketers.

Potential

Dravid sits on MCC’s World Cricket Committee, which has played a significant role in promoting both the World Test Championship and the potential for day-night Tests.

The veteran of 160 Tests said that the cricket world should fight for the preservation of the format.

“Test cricket deserves to be protected, it is what the world's best know they will be judged by,” he said.

“People may not be able to turn up to watch Test cricket but everyone follows the scores.

“We may not fill 65,000 capacity stadiums for Test matches, but we must actively fight to get as many as we can in, to create a Test match environment that the players and the fans feed off.

“Anything but the sight of Tests played in empty grounds. For that, we have got to play Test cricket that people can watch.”

The 38-year-old made a century for MCC earlier this year in Abu Dhabi, as MCC played their annual Champion County fixture as a day-night, pink-ball match for the second successive year.

“I don't think day-night Tests or a Test championship should be dismissed,” added Dravid, who stands second in the list of all time Test run scorers.

“In March this year I played a day-night first-class game for MCC and my experience from that was that day-night Tests is an idea seriously worth exploring.

“There may be some challenges in places where there is dew but the visibility and durability of the pink cricket ball was not an issue.”

Pink-ball confidence

Since MCC first trialed the pink-ball in first-class conditions for the 2010 Champion County match, matches have been played under lights in Pakistan, England and the West Indies.

The Pakistan Cricket Board have announced that they are hosting their domestic first-class final in similar conditions this year, for the second year in a row.

The match will be played in Karachi’s National Stadium from December 20-24.


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