Miandad open for day-night Test matches

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 21:49 PM IST

Karachi: After the successful organization of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final under lights, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has given thumbs up to the concept of day-and-night Test matches with a coloured ball.

Miandad, who is also the director-general of cricket in PCB, said that the experiment of having a day-night first class match with the orange coloured ball have turned out to be huge success.

"The biggest thing is that the match lasted for five days and we didn`t see anything unusual in the behaviour of the pitch or the way the ball behaved," he told reporters after the final day of the five-day match.

Miandad said Pakistan would now definitely organise more first class games under lights in its domestic season.

"But I think the International Cricket Council can also now think about having Test matches under lights and with a coloured ball," he said.

"We will send our report to the ICC and their general manager of cricket, Dave Richardson also witnessed the match on the first two days himself. But now it is entirely upto the ICC how they take this experiment forward.”

"But personally I think Test cricket is possible in this new format," he added.

In the summit clash, Habib bank defeated PIA by five wickets to clinch the trophy.

Miandad said the PCB would now look at the reports of the match officials and the two captains on how the experiment worked but it was a good sign that no team had complained about anything.

"I think sooner or later we have to think about making Test cricket more attractive for spectators and viewers and this final has shown that it can be possible to have five day games under lights and with coloured balls," he insisted.

He pointed out that Pakistan have always been in the forefront of promoting new concepts to the game`s governing body.

"It was the PCB that first suggested to the ICC to use more technology in assisting the umpires," Miandad claimed.

PTI