Waugh criticizes ‘selfish’ India

Mark Waugh

SYDNEY — India’s refusal to play a day-night Test in Adelaide is “selfish” and hinders efforts to reinvigorate Test cricket, Australia’s former Test batsman Mark Waugh said Wednesday.

India has declined to play their maiden day-night Test against Australia, leaving the Dec. 6-10 series-opener in Adelaide a day match, and remain the lone frontline team not to have featured in one.

“It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalize Test cricket,” Waugh said on Australia’s Big Sports Breakfast radio show.

“Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be.”

India’s reluctance is attributed to their pink-ball inexperience but Waugh, who will step down from his role as national Twenty20 selector in August, is baffled by their refusal given the depth in the Virat Kohli-led squad.

“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,” Waugh explained.

“So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”

India plays three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three One-Day Internationals in their tour of Australia from November to January.

Windies, Bangladesh to play in Florida

West Indies and Bangladesh will play two Twenty20 matches in Florida in August, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced Tuesday.

The scheduling continues CWI’s efforts to make inroads into the largely untapped North American market, following on the heels of two matches between West Indies and India at the same venue two years ago.

The Aug. 4-5 matches will be held at the Central Broward oval in Lauderhill, south Florida.

“Both matches are scheduled for the weekend and will be played under the lights,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said.

“Our intention is to work with ICC Americas members, USA Cricket & Cricket Canada in partnership to establish cricket as a popular sport from North to South America.”

Though West Indies has fallen on hard times at the five-day Test level, it remains a powerhouse in the short three-hour version of the game and is the reigning world champion.

The Bangladesh tour of the Caribbean will include two Tests in July, followed by three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s.

Sri Lanka will also tour the Caribbean, with three Tests next month — one each in Trinidad, St. Lucia and Barbados. — Agencies