Pakistan are hoping to play a day-night Test against West Indies ahead of their tour to Australia, according to a report in cricket.com.au on Tuesday (April 26). West Indies are scheduled to play two Tests and six One-Day Internationals in October this year in the United Arab Emirates.
The move is aimed at helping the players get accustomed to the challenges of day-night Tests before the crucial tour. "It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committee's previous meeting," said Misbah-ul-Haq. "If you don't have match practice it will become difficult to play at Test level.
"The bowlers are at an advantage in the evening session and it becomes very difficult for batsmen under lights. That is one reason the cricketers from other countries are also reluctant to play Tests under lights. One more reason is the lack of match practice with the pink ball. The players have hardly played any cricket under these conditions at the domestic levels. They need more match practice before playing it at international level."
Misbah also backed day-night Tests and said cricket needs the development. "Although, we as players, have some concerns about playing under lights, especially the batsmen, who have found it difficult to bat in the evening session with the pink ball, I think day-night Test cricket is (needed)," he said. "There will be excitement among players but at the same time there will be some concerns too because Test cricket is already quite difficult and it will become even more difficult for the batsmen."
Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and five One-Day Internationals in Australia in December.
Pakistan hoping to play day-night Test against West Indies in UAE
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