Test cricket, the oldest format of the game, has been getting more popular nowadays. And here is another venture to make it more enthralling for the viewers.
In the September of 2007, when India came out triumphant of the inaugurating T20 World Cup in South Africa, the world of cricket was ecstatic to find a format that increases the adrenaline rush. Thenceforth, the popularity of the shortest format of this game has been increasing till date. Expensive daiquiris of entertainment and cricket emerged immediately after the first world T20 in the forms of IPL, BBL, Champion’s League, and various other tournaments dominated by clubs in lieu of nations.
We can’t deny the positive effect that these tournaments have on cricket by exhuming young and new talents into light. Both Hardik Pandya and Jaspit Bumrah came into attention through their vignettes and fiery spells in the Indian Premier League. The former proved himself worthy in whites as well when he scored a blistering hundred lower down the order in the last test match against the Lankans.
To cope up with the insanely fast life these days, people tend to refer fast-foods over genuinely healthy and scrumptious preparations. Fast-foods give them an instantaneous happiness but that’s everything it has. The taste gradually diminishes after a while. By the very same logic, the popularity of T20 cricket is escalating and consequently, the quintessential format of cricket is being severely neglected. A true cricket fiend would certainly feel the naked emptiness in the gallery during an international or domestic test match while compared to an IPL encounter.
As the actors don’t receive approval and plaudits from the critics until they make their mark in theatre, a batsman or a bowler still isn’t considered well enough until making their mark in test cricket. The moment it was realised by the administrators in the ICC, the idea of day/night test cricket came as a revelation. The idea burgeoned from the very logic that reproduced day/night ODI matches. In working days, people cannot watch TV or go to the stadium during day time which is not much of an obstacle during night.
The first day/night test cricket match was arranged in the Adelaide Oval, between two neighbouring nations, Australia and New Zealand. The kangaroos vanquished the kiwis in that match within three days. After it was completed, a lot issues were accentuated such as the nature of the pink ball used in the match. Both the players and the experts opined that the ball behaved capriciously under the flood lights by seaming and spinning too much at times. Despite these controversies, the idea prevailed as it was successful in drawing spectators to test cricket.
What started down under, slowly disseminated in other parts of the cricket world from the UAE to the UK. Even the Indian board arranged a domestic day/night test cricket match last year as a trial run.
From the nineteenth century to this one, this wonderful game has undergone many pivotal changes to adapt with the existing era and the corresponding spectators. The way people are inclining towards mindless entertainment instead of proper class can turn the art associated with the best format of cricket to a moribund one. These day/night test matches, however problematic and unstable it might seem at the beginning, could be the last straw to keep this format along with the game itself from drowning.
By the end of this year, the first day/night Ashes test match is going to be arranged on the Australian soil which could be the beginning of a new era where class, art, and entertainment go hand in hand.
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