Indian cricket legend and MCC World Cricket committee member, Rahul Dravid, has insisted that day-night Test match cricket has a future in the game.
I definitely do see a future for the day-night Test match format
Speaking exclusively to Lord’s TV, the former India Test captain encourages the authorities to be "courageous" with the format, which MCC has been trialling in the annual Champion County match since 2010.
"I definitely do see a future for the day-night Test match format. There’s still a need to experiment with it in different scenarios, but it definitely works out here in the UAE," said the former India number three, who made a century for MCC under lights in the 2011 Champion County match against Nottinghamshire.
Watch: Dravid urges day/night Test "courage"
"The only thing that might affect it is the amount of dew that forms in different parts of the world in the evening, but otherwise the quality of the pink ball and the concept is fantastic.
"I just hope that more and more people experiment with it, but it’s great that MCC have taken this as something that they want to try and achieve, and have put in a lot of time and effort in trying to make it happen."
MCC will play against the Champion County, Warwickshire, in English cricket’s traditional curtain-raiser, at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 24 – 27 March.
It is the fourth consecutive time that the historic fixture has been played away from Lord’s, and will once again be a day-night match played under floodlights with a pink ball.
Watch: Dravid batting for MCC