Mark Waugh calls India selfish for not playing pink-ball Test

Paola Ditto
Mag 16, 2018

Waugh, who played 128 Tests and 244 one-dayers for Australia, has been a selector since 2014, focusing mostly on Twenty20s but also providing input on the one-day worldwide and Test teams. There would be three T20 internationals prior to that.Mark - who will stand down from his duties at Australia's T20 selector in August - trained his guns at the Indian think tank and said that he simply doesn't understand India's apprehension towards pink-ball cricket and the younger of the illustrious Waugh brothers went up to the extent of calling BCCI as "selfish". Indian cricket board started to accept the ODI cricket format, almost after a decade, when the first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "For me that's a concern", Mark said on Big Sports Breakfast radio on Wednesday. Why is the BCCI unconvinced by the day-night format, and why are Indian Cricket Bosses unsure about the day-night format of the Test cricket?

"Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they've got a string of fast bowlers, so they don't just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well", he said.

Bangladesh, Ireland and India are three nations who are yet to play with a pink ball. "So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test", he added. Cricket Australia's proposal to the BCCI to host the Indian team in the day-night match was rejected via an email by BCCI's acting secretary to CA CEO James Sutherland, confirming that Australia's Adelaide will not be a pink-ball affair. Ian Chappell, former Australia captain, was also disappointed with India's refusal of participating in a pink-ball Test against Australia on the tour.

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