November 27 is indeed a landmark in the history of world cricket. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson, the historic day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand is certainly a fundamental part of the overall package that is aimed at reviving the scenario of test matches in the panorama of World Cricket.
The inaugural day-night test match will be played by New Zealand and Australia on the ground of Adelaide Oval between November 27 and December 1. It’s expected that the experimental test series will go much ahead to delight the cricket freaks across the world. Yielded by the then CA chief James Sutherland, the concept of day-night series is essentially intended for scoring rich dividends for the host broadcaster.
Over the past few years, the revival of the one day matches has drastically slashed the popularity of the test series. As a result, there has been a significant reduction on the revenue that is incurred for hosting a test match of such range. Speaking of the first ever day-night Test, the ICC chief has said that the Australia-New Zealand Test series is planned keeping in mind the demands and expectations of both fans and stakeholders. He has also added that the evening session will provide an entertainment option to the spectators, which in turn will be commercially conducive.
According to Richardson, “The reality is that Test cricket is faced with challenges such as declining crowd attendances in some countries, as well as issues of context and competition for attention from shorter formats of the game. Either we do nothing, and let the appetite for Test cricket die, or deal with the problem head-on and with an innovative and proactive approach”.
In order to cope up with the financial issues, the plan for a Test Cricket Fund is already underway. It’s expected to run full-fledged from the next year with an aim to help the countries that often struggle with the costs for staging Test matches. In relation to this, the ICC has also approved the plan for a substantial increase in the annual prize money for the No.1 ranked Test side. Basically, it’s an experimental move on the part of ICC to attract start players by offering them greater incentives and rewards. Talking about the further objective of ICC, the chief has said these are among the many different strategies of the overall package that is planned to reinvigorate the current scenario of the Test series.
In relation to this, Richardson has mentioned, “The game is about the public, the people who turn up to watch matches at the venues or who follow the matches on television, radio or online. Strong attendances inspire the players to produce their best, exciting the fans and creating value for the broadcasters and sponsors. Day-night Test will assist with this process”.
The first ever day-night Test Series between Australia and New Zealand is all set to hit the ground today.