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

Karachi, Jan 11 (PTI) Former Pakistan captain JavedMiandad believes that Test cricket could be headed for arevolution if the experiment to have the final of theQuaid-e-Azam Trophy in day and night is successful at thenational stadium.

The PCB has decided to hold the five-day final betweenHabib bank and PIA from February 13 to 17 under lights withthe use of coloured balls. It is the first time that a firstclass match is being held under lights in Pakistan''s crickethistory.

"It is an experiment we have decided to take to make ourcontribution to world cricket because other countries are alsoexperimenting with playing the longer version of the gameunder lights and with coloured balls," said Miandad.

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

Miandad, the PCB director-general, said if the experimentwas successful it would have an impact on the future format ofTest cricket at the international stage.

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

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

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

The veteran of 124 Tests noted that since Twenty20cricket had shaken the foundation of ODIs and Test cricket, itwas imperative to make the five-day game more receptive andinteresting for the spectators and audiences.

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

Miandad said that Tests and ODIs remain the true essenceof the sport.

"T20 cricket to me is all about entertaining the crowdsand it is like junk food. But don''t expect to find or unearthquality cricketers from this format," he said.

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