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Mark Waugh calls India selfish for not playing the pink-ball Test

Cricket Australia had tried to convince the BCCI for a day-night Test in Australia this year, but the Indian board said its team wasn’t ready

T2 Online Newsdesk 17 May 2018, 3:03 PM
Mark Waugh has stepped down as Australia's national selector

Mark Waugh has stepped down as Australia's national selector Image: AFP

Australian batting veteran Mark Waugh feels India have acted “selfishly” by refusing to play a day-night Test during their tour Down Under later this year.

“It's a little bit selfish from India's point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket," Waugh said on the Big Sports Breakfast show in Melbourne.

“Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be. So it's really only Australia, India and England where Test cricket is alive and well. For me, that's a concern," he added. 

Cricket Australia had tried to convince the BCCI for a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval, but the Indian board turned down the offer, saying its team was not ready for pink-ball cricket yet.

Waugh, who has stepped down as Australia's national selector, doesn't understand why India refused to play under lights.

"Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they've got a string of fast bowlers, so they don't just rely on the spinners, and their batsmen are technically very good as well. So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test," Waugh added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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