Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made it clear that they will not play the proposed ‘day-night’ test in New Zealand. Bangladesh is all set to tour New Zealand next year in February. Bangladesh will visit New Zealand to play 3 test matches and 3 One day Internationals.
Incidentally, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) made a similar offer to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play a day-night Test two years ago, but Bangladesh refused to play at that time as well. As per Bangladesh Cricket Board, the reason of the refusal is mainly due to the unavailability of the day-night format at the domestic level, which makes their team hard to adapt to the format.
BCB chief confirms the News
Speaking with Cricbuzz, Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury has made it clear that the Bangladesh team will not play the pick ball test match. ‘We have been looking at it positively, but since our players don’t have an opportunity to play D/N matches in domestic longer version tournaments, we felt that it wouldn’t be right to play a D/N Test”, says Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
Although the BCB chief has also said that he has no problem with the format and will introduce the day-night test at the domestic level, so the players could adapt to it. “We need to give our players time to adapt to it. We are looking at trying pink ball matches at the domestic level first, and then play a D/N Test at home. After that, we want to play D/N away Tests”, further adds Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
Bangladesh has become the second nation after India who has refused to play the day-night test cricket. Although, unlike India, Bangladesh is keen to play in the day-night test but has asked for enough time to make sure its players get to adapt to the format.