New Zealand: Talk of India day-night Test premature


New Zealand Cricket (NZC) say talk of the Black Caps facing India in a day-night Test later this year is premature.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said on Thursday that India has decided to play a first Test under the lights with a pink ball against New Zealand during a three-match series in October.

However, NZC head of cricket operations Lindsay Crocker said Thakur has jumped the gun, as no agreement has been reached.

"The first I heard of it was the news that broke overnight, but [NZC boss] David [White] may be a little closer to it because he is in Dubai at the [ICC] chief executive's conference," Crocker told

"Alphabetically, India traditionally sit next to New Zealand at these conferences, so David would have no doubt talked to his Indian equivalent about the concept, but it would have been relatively fresh news to him as well because it certainly wasn't a discussion we were having when David left a couple of days ago.

"India are quite definitive, which is quite exciting because they seem quite committed to the idea. We hadn't considered that would be an option, so there is a bit of water to go under the bridge from our side.

"It is certainly very exciting for us to potentially be involved in the first Asian day-night [Test]."

Australia and New Zealand played the first day-night Test in Adelaide last year.