Quaid-e-Azam final under lights good step forward: Miandad

Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 23:14 PM IST

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad believes that Test cricket could be headed for a revolution if the experiment to have the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in day and night is successful at the national stadium.

The PCB has decided to hold the five-day final between Habib bank and PIA from February 13 to 17 under lights with the use of coloured balls. It is the first time that a first class match is being held under lights in Pakistan`s cricket history.

"It is an experiment we have decided to take to make our contribution to world cricket because other countries are also experimenting with playing the longer version of the game under lights and with coloured balls," said Miandad.

"For us this experiment is very important because if it is successful in attracting people to the stadium and creating overall interest it would allow us to restructure our domestic cricket," he said.

Miandad, the PCB director-general, said if the experiment was successful it would have an impact on the future format of Test cricket at the international stage.

"It is a fact that the ICC is also working on the possibility of having day and night test matches."

Miandad said the choice for coloured balls would be made by the captains of both teams.

"They will have nets under light and will decide with which colour they are more comfortable. Pink and the yellow coloured cricket balls are available," said the former great.

The veteran of 124 Tests noted that since Twenty20 cricket had shaken the foundation of ODIs and Test cricket, it was imperative to make the five-day game more receptive and interesting for the spectators and audiences.

"All three formats of the sport are here to stay but for Test cricket to survive it needs to be more exciting and interesting for the common man. Day and night matches and coloured balls can make a difference," he said.

Miandad said that Tests and ODIs remain the true essence of the sport.

"T20 cricket to me is all about entertaining the crowds and it is like junk food. But don`t expect to find or unearth quality cricketers from this format," he said.