Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid Friday endorsed the idea of playing day/night Tests as a counter step to curb the ever shrinking spectator count in the longest form of the game.
“I am all for the experiment. I am definitely all for the experiment. Specially dwindling crowds in Test cricket is a worry. I know there are some challenges of playing cricket at night. The ball is one of them. The white ball gets discoloured. The pink ball could be an option,” Dravid said on the sidelines of a sports lecture here Tuesday.
“I think in this day and age, it’s impossible to have people leaving work and coming to the ground on all five days. Therefore, I don’t mind day/night Tests if it can bring back crowds and also have TV viewership.”
The batting legend said he didn’t have any problem in facing the pink ball on the only occasion he played it.
“The pink ball and the dew factor are things that need to be sorted out. Personally, I never had a problem in the only match with the pink ball. I scored a hundred in the second innings for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against the English county champions,” he said.
The pink ball is reportedly set to make its debut when Australia host New Zealand in a Test series later this year.