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Pollock supports CSA day/night trial Published: 24 August 2012

MCC World Cricket committee member Shaun Pollock has backed Cricket South Africa's decision to trial its first day/night, four-day match.

CSA announced earlier this week that North West Dragons will take on the Knights in a friendly match played in first-class conditions at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom between September 3 and 6. Kookaburra Turf pink cricket balls will be used, with black sightscreens in place.

Former South Africa all-rounder Pollock is part of the WCC set-up who have championed day/night cricket in the longer form of the game, with the hope of playing Test cricket in that format in the future.

"I think it is a great idea," Pollock, who played 108 Tests, becoming one of the leading fast-bowlers and all-rounders of his generation.

"I am really glad that CSA has taken the initiative as I feel day/night Test cricket could be played in the future in certain parts of the world."

South Africa will become the latest country to host day/night "first-class" cricket since MCC played the inaugural match against Champion County Durham in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

Pakistan, the West Indies and England have all hosted similar first-class matches since then, with MCC returning to Abu Dhabi for continued trials in the past two seasons.

CSA confirmed they would be working alongside ICC to provide feedback on the match.

Acting CEO Jacques Faul said: "The match referee, in consultation with his team of match officials, the coaches and the captains, will compile an extensive, detailed report on the match and submit it to CSA. It will then be forwarded on receipt to the ICC with the feedback."

In May 2011 the ICC stated that day/night Test cricket could become a reality within two years if further domestic trials of the pink-ball format were successful. A further step was taken in June 2012 at Lord's, when the ICC's Cricket Committee took the decision to empower countries to potentially play day/night Tests in bi-lateral series.


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