I haven't thought of all the pros and cons of the issue... but the
very idea of airing this idea is to invite them from the cricket
administrators, who have been, over the years, able to steer the
game through such cataclysmic changes as limited over's cricket,
and day/ night matches.
to think of it,why not night Test matches.... unless the administrators
come up with a very strong reason against them.......though they
are more in search of spectators who seem to have deserted the traditional
form of the game, switching loyalties to the limited over's variety,
which was supposed to be just a side show to the 'real thing.'
phenomenal popularity, and consequent revenue generation spawned
the modification of the day/night matches, and more and more stadia
across the world are equipping themselves with the lighting system
that would enable them to host such matches, which have proved very
popular with the paying public.
to lure this very paying public, though it has become secondary in
importance to the television audiences, that I am suggesting the holding
of day/night Test matches. Ask any cricketer worth his salt and he
will tell you that the multitude of cameras in an empty stadium can
never get the adrenalin running like the buzz of excitement of a full
house can. The cheer, jeers, applause and appreciation of an involved
audience is the incentive players need to perform well.
this has been missing in the Test matches, which, due to their time
consuming nature, have been losing the company of fans who, despite
their tremendous interest in the Tests, find it very hard to pluck
out five days from their busy schedules to devote to their favourite
beginning in the late afternoon and continuing into the night, especially
in our part of the world, would not only offset the uncomfortable
effects of the weather, but also afford a few hours of cricketing
pleasure to students and office-goers alike who will be able to
witness some part of the game each day, without having to miss out
on their professional and educational commitments.
far as the 'security' and logistic issues, which always crop up,
surely a solution can be found for them. As it is, one cannot really
forsee a full house on all five days of a Test just because of the
change in timing. ........ even if it manages to up the attendence
a few percentage points, the objective will have been achieved.
way to revive interest and fill the stands would be to transplant
the Sri Lankan method of making the occasion an outing for school
children, who can come to see the matches along with their supervising
once the sordid saga of betting and match fixing is over, cricket
will come out of it intact and resume its role as a character-builder..
and cricketers will once again will become the role models worth
emulating by the school children. That is the segment that all attention
needs to be focussed on.... the cadre that needs to be groomed not
only in the technicalities of the game but its traditional values
too.... which have the capability to endure the stresses and strains
of the times, though the current crisis may appear to give an impression
to the contrary.
us get them to the stadia... without making them miss out on the
other important, and routine activities..... let us make Test matches
more accessible for them as well as those who find the constraints
of time keeping them away from their favourite game.
hear the practical pros and cons of whether it is possible to hold
day/night Test matches.