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by Alastair Symondson Sunday 8 May 2016
Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has revealed that the players are eager to participate in the day-night Test match scheduled to be played against New Zealand later in the year.
In April, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India announced that they will host a day-night Test against New Zealand in October.
In order to prepare for the day-night Test, the Indian cricketers will take part in the Duleep Trophy, a domestic tournament, which will be played with the pink ball under the lights this season.
Though the Indian players have no experience of playing cricket with the pink ball, Dhawan said that the players are excited to be a part of history.
“We are excited for sure,” Dhawan told reporters in Hyderabad.
“I always believe change is always good.
“If things go well, it’s a new thing for batsmen, for the bowlers also.
“It’s going to be good to try our hands on the coming thing.”
New Zealand had the opportunity to take part in the first-ever day-night Test against Australia in November 2015 at the Adelaide Oval.
Last week, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult stated that he was keen to take part in more day-night Tests after the experience against Australia.
“The experience of playing the Test with the pink ball (in Adelaide last year) was great, the buzz was fantastic,” Boult told Wisden Asia.
“It’s definitely exciting for Test cricket, and we need to see more of it.”
The venue for the day-night Test between India and New Zealand will be finalised by the BCCI after the completion of the Duleep Trophy.
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