ADELAIDE [Australia]: South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) chief executive Keith Bradshaw has claimed that ticket sales for the first Test between Indian and Australia at the Adelaide Oval have “suffered” following the refusal of hosts to play a day-night match at the venue.
The chief executive said that the fans turned up in significant numbers when they had day-night Test match but the same is not the case with day games. “It has been an issue, it has affected ticket sales. One of the characteristics that we have noticed is that we are quite down in interstate sales given it’s a day Test, not a day-night Test. There is definitely a day-night factor, without a doubt,” News.com.au quoted Bradshaw, as saying.
“The fans have absolutely voted with their feet the last few years that we have had day-night Tests, we have been significantly up for attendances,” he added.
Earlier this year, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri had met the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and informed them that the management and the team need more time to prepare for the Test matches under lights.
It should be noted that India are one of only two Full Member nations – the other being Bangladesh – to have not played a day-night Test at international level. The Adelaide Oval had hosted the first-ever day-night Test match which was played between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015.
India ended their decade-long wait for a Test victory in Australia on Monday when they bowled out the home side for 291 to clinch the first game of the four-match series by a nail-biting 31 runs.
The hosts were set a target of 323, a score never before successfully achieved in a fourth innings run chase at the Adelaide Oval.
Ravichandran Ashwin got the final wicket of Josh Hazlewood to finish with 3-92, while for Australia, Shaun Marsh made 62 and Tim Paine 41. The last Test India won in Australia was at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008, and the last one in Adelaide was in 2003.
11 catches in a Test
Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant equalled the world record for most catches taken in a Test, snaring 11 in the opening clash against Australia. The 21-year-old, playing in only his sixth Test, matched the record currently held by England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.
He eclipsed the India record of 10 catches in a game by Wriddhiman Saha. Russell achieved the feat against South Africa in 1995 and De Villiers matched the achievement against Pakistan in 2013. Pant reached the milestone by catching Mitchell Starc of the bowling of Mohammed Shami.