Day/night Tests in England 'appalling' - Botham


With England set to host its first day/night Test match next year, former all-rounder Ian Botham has labelled the notion "ridiculous" and "appalling".

Last month, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the first match of its kind would be held on English soil, when West Indies visit Edgbaston in August 2017.

Play will run from 2pm to 9pm using a pink ball.

Australia and New Zealand contested the first day/night match in Adelaide last year, before Pakistan and the Windies followed suit in the United Arab Emirates last month.

But Botham, England's second-highest Test wicket taker with 383 from 102 appearances, is heavily critical of the idea.

"It's ridiculous. I think it's appalling," he said, as quoted by Sport24.

"Test cricket is the flagship. You cannot play day/night Test cricket in England because the difference between bowling in the day time, and bowling in the evening, it's unfair.

"I am amazed we are going ahead with it.

"We do well [with crowds] in Tests in England. The first three days are certainly usually sold out. They are going to do it, so we will all sit back and watch."