West Indies agrees to play day/night test in UAE later this year
The West Indies Cricket Board has agreed to play a day/night test in their upcoming tour of the UAE after the PCB assured the Windies a practice game and few practice session under lights.
Pakistan Cricket Board has also proposed to change the composition of the tour into three test matches, three ODIs and three T20is which originally is two test matches, five ODIs and two T20is.
The PCB has been always keen to play day/night version of the latest format, they asked Sri Lanka to play a test with the pink ball in their 2013 tour to the UAE, but, the Islanders refused due to lack of practice of playing under lights with the pink ball.
Pakistan has previously held domestic four-day games under lights with orange as well as pink balls. This season, there will be ten day/night matches played of the domestic circuit.
It has been learnt that the PCB is looking to hold day/night tests in domestic cricket to get their top cricketers prepared for this form of the test matches as it is being seen as the future of the longest format of the game.
Pakistan will make their pink ball test debut against the West Indies in September and will face off the mighty Aussies under lights in their backyard.
The PCB was also weighing the option of shifting their home series to Sri Lanka due to the rising price of hosting matches in the UAE. However, the idea was swept away after considering other drawbacks of holding home series in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan is deprived of the international cricket since 2009 after Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore.