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ICC moves towards day- night Test

The ICC has taken a further step towards the hosting of a first day-night Test, after their Cricket Committee met at Lord's.

The ICC Cricket Committee, which met at Lord's this week, recommended that "if the competing countries in a bi-lateral series agree that they wish to trial day/night Test cricket then this request should be accommodated."

John Stephenson, MCC's representative on the Committee presented a report at the meeting detailing MCC's experiences playing the annual Champion County match in day-night conditions in Abu Dhabi for the past three seasons, using a pink ball.

Stephenson, MCC's Head of Cricket, also detailed reports from matches played in England, Australia and Pakistan at the two-day meeting.

He said: "The decision of the ICC Cricket Committee to empower Test countries to potentially play day-night Test cricket is a great step forward.

"While I don't see day-night Test cricket as a solution for every venue or every country, it could be the ideal catalyst for bringing crowds back to the Test match game in certain parts of the world where the right conditions are in place.

"It's going to take a leap of faith from two countries but I'm extremely excited to see what unfolds in the future."

The Committee agreed that it was important to maintain the impetus with regard to day-night Test cricket. It was however noted that the day-night Test match game might be better suited to markets in countries such as India, New Zealand and South Africa.

A pink Kookaburra ball has been used by MCC in Abu Dhabi, and the Committee statement noted that certain cricket balls retained the colour and performed better than others.

MCC's World Cricket committee, a leading independent think-tank composed of current and past cricketers and officials, first discussed the option of a day-night Test in 2009.

Since then MCC has held three trial matches in Abu Dhabi, taking on the Champion County in each year. The Committee also agreed that trials at domestic level should continue.

The ICC Cricket Committee's remit is to discuss and consult on cricket-playing matters and to formulate recommendations to the Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board for approval. The next meetings of those committees are set for Kuala Lumpur during the ICC’s annual conference week, from 24-28 June.

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