Is a day-night Test cricket format the way forward for India?

    India is all set to lock horns with Bangladesh in its first ever day-night test match at Kolkata’s historic Eden Gardens.

    Apart from this, it’s the emergence of the pink ball that has kept everyone glued to their TV screens.

    So, why the buzz around a day-night test match?

    Some factors that could have contributed to this are as follows –

    Low turnout at the grounds owing to the long format of the match. People were getting used to T20’s and the fast paced format it brought to the table.

    Dwindling viewership was a prime factor for deciding a new method like this one. With the advent of T20 and various franchise-based leagues, Test matches were losing popularity.

    Weather conditions in India suit a format which is played towards the evenings.

    Getting people to come to the stadium post work is easier in such a format rather than have them sit through a hot day.

    But as Indian captain, Virat Kohli also mentioned, this shouldn’t be treated as a norm. As an off the curve format, it is perfectly fine but it shouldn’t lead the way for the classical ‘Test Match’ to lose its definition. That might not be good news for the world of cricket.

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