8 Oct 2009

ICC extend probe of day-night Tests

4:37 pm on 8 October 2009

The introduction of day-night Tests has edged closer with an International Cricket Council ICC) board meeting calling for further research.

In the changing landscape of the game, triggered by the rapidly growing popularity of Twenty20, the five-day and oldest version has remained a daytime affair.

But a statement issued fter the two-day board meeting in Johannesburg says there'll be "further research into various proposals for product development and variation of Test cricket, including day-night Test matches".

While Tests are the traditional bedrock of cricket and England and Australia often attract large crowds, embarrassingly small attendances are seen at other worldwide venues where the two shorter versions of the game are the big crowd-pullers.