Pakistan to make day/night test debut at Gabba in December
Australia is to host the opening game against Pakistan from 15th to 19th December, which will be the international pink ball test debut for the Men in green.
Pakistan was the first team that intended to play a day/night test match with the pink ball. They offered Sri Lanka in UAE in 2013-14, almost two years before Australia played the first international test match. Now, Pakistan is finally going to make the day/night test debut after a long wait at Gabba, during their 2016-17 tour to Australia.
Pakistan and South Africa were offered to play a pink ball test match in the upcoming tour of Australia, Proteas haven’t accepted the proposal yet as they have some serious concerns over it. They said their players have not played pink ball at any level and they can’t do an experiment in such an important test match.
However, Pakistan has agreed to be a part of day/night test match at Gabba, later this year. The PCB has made their Quad-i-Azam trophy final a day/night affair in 2015-2016, which was a significant step.
The ink ball has a tendency to swing under lights, Pakistan, who is known to have a strong bowling line up headed by Mohammad Amir, can test Australian batting in their backyard.
There have been some reservations about the pink ball as it seam and swing more than the red cherry and its durability. Plus, it is hard to bat with it under lights. The day/night game between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide was attended by 123,000 people and around 3.10 million people watched it on TV around the world.