Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Waugh, who played 128 Tests and 244 one-dayers for Australia, has been a selector since 2014, focusing mostly on Twenty20s but also providing input on the one-day global and Test teams. Indian cricket board started to accept the ODI cricket format, almost after a decade, when the first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Waugh further argued that he didn't understand India's reluctance to play day-night Test cricket given their depth in squad.

Waugh sounded amazed at why India does not want to play pink-ball cricket given the amount of skills and talent on offer.

Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has slammed the Indian cricket team for its refusal to play Day-Night Test cricket, calling it a hindrance to future of the format and labelling the decision "selfish".

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Cricket Australia were hoping to line up a day-night match for the first Test in Adelaide though they were flatly denied by the BCCI.

"I firmly believe Australian cricket has a wealth of talented players in its ranks right now, and I look forward to watching the team continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come". It might be only after that BCCI would consider the move and join teams who have played with the pink ball.

Waugh added that India should be doing everything in their power to preserve Test cricket, especially as they are one of the few nations that manage to draw in big crowds. Their good records under floodlights might have prompted India to not play with the pink ball against them. Ireland have just made their Test debut and might make their pink-ball debut soon as well. Zimbabwe have also played a pink-ball Test but it was a four-day game against South Africa.

"Their challenge will be to bring some younger players through, because they're a pretty old team", Waugh said.

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