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Chris Gayle throws his weight behind day-night Tests

Chris Gayle throws his weight behind day-night Tests
Chris Gayle's last Test appearance came in September 2014.
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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle believes that the concept of day-night Test matches will succeed in increasing the popularity of the format.

In November 2015, Australia and New Zealand played the first-ever day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval and the game attracted a record number of fans to the stadium.

This success has prompted Cricket Australia to announce another day-night test against Pakistan while the board is also in talks with Cricket South Africa for a floodlit game later this year.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has also announced a day-night Test match against New Zealand while they are also keen to host such an encounter against Australia next year.

Giving his views about the day-night Tests Gayle said, “It’s going to be different for the fans (but) I don't see any reason why the concept can't take off and be as successful as the shorter forms of the game.”

Though there are concerns regarding the durability and the visibility of the pink ball which is used in the day-night Tests, quite a few players have backed the format since its introduction.

Gayle, who is currently featuring for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League has played 103 Test matches in his career between 2000 and 2014 and has scored 7214 runs at an average of 42.18.

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