ECB 'considering floodlit tests'

07/06/2011

Kia Oval hospitality guests who will watch England play India at the ground later this summer may be among those interested to hear that the England Cricket Board (ECB) has acknowledged it is open to the possibility of staging day-night tests in the future.

The International Cricket Council is currently considering the viability of the proposal as a way to boost attendances at five-day games and managing director of the ECB Hugh Morris has signalled his organisation may be in favour of such as move, the BBC reports.

"We have to keep an open mind. There has been a lot of change in our game in recent years," he stated.

However, he cautioned that the concept must be proven to work before it is brought in at international level.

One of the key issues with the proposal is finding a coloured ball that is easy to see under floodlights for both players and spectators, but is durable enough to last the required number of overs of test cricket.

Last week, it was reported by Cricinfo that Cricket Australia may extend domestic first class matches in the country into twilight from next season as a first step towards full day-night games.

Posted by Sandie Banwait
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