Rahul Dravid has reiterated his belief that pink-ball, day-night cricket can play a huge part in Test cricket’s future, ahead of his appearance for MCC in Dubai.
Dravid will play for MCC on their Champion County tour, in the Emirates Airlines Twenty20 tournament, alongside his former India captain Sourav Ganguly on 23 March.
The tournament, a four-way competition featuring MCC, Lancashire, Sussex and Durham, will be played using a pink-ball, as will the Champion County fixture, which starts in Abu Dhabi on 27 March.
Dravid, who made a duck and a century for MCC in last year’s Champion County match, has been an advocate of the day-night format.
And the 39-year-old, also a member of MCC's World Cricket committee, remains firmly supportive of the pink ball research.
“Developing a pink ball which could be used in floodlit Tests is an important step towards making Test cricket more appealing to audiences in parts of the world where attendances are falling, Dravid said.
"I am pleased to be able to contribute to the research on the pitch as well as off it.
“One of the World Cricket committee’s major priorities is to support Test cricket and ensure it retains its rightful place as the pinnacle of the game.
“These matches are an invaluable way of testing the pink ball in tough, abrasive conditions.”
This will be the third year in succession where MCC have taken the traditional English season curtain raiser to Abu Dhabi, in order to experiment with the day-night, first-class format.
Mark Ramprakash (Capt)
England & Surrey
England Lions & Worcestershire
England & Surrey
England & Durham
Rahul Dravid (T20 only)
Sourav Ganguly (T20 only)
England u-19s & Somerset
Hamish Marshall (four-day only)
New Zealand & Gloucestershire
Rana Naveed (four-day only)
Pakistan & Derbyshire
Ireland & Northamptonshire