No need to experiment with Tests, says Aamir Sohail

December 29th, 2008 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Dec 29 (IANS) Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has urged Australia not to tamper with Test cricket by planning a day-night Test against Pakistan in Adelaide in November.Sohail, currently serving as Director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), told IANS Monday that Test cricket is the only pure form of the game that is still surviving and should not be commercialised.

“It’s a long-standing tradition that Test is a day-long affair spread over five days. It should stay like that,” said Sohail, an aggressive Test opener who scored 2,823 runs from 47 Tests and 4,780 runs from 156 One-day Internationals.

Reports coming from Australia over the weekend suggested that Cricket Australia (CA) wants to host Pakistan in a day-night Test next year in November.

However, CA chief executive James Sutherland said the idea needed to be tested at different venues before it could be taken to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for approval.

Night cricket is understood to be an attractive option for the broadcasters in Australia as it would allow the game to be shown at prime time when people return from work or the beach. It is also believed that day-night cricket will attract crowds.

But Sohail said cricket administrators should be content with the already commercialised One-day Internationals and the newly-introduced Twenty20 games.

“When you have one-dayers and Twenty20 games to experiment with and earn the big bucks, then why the need to interfere with Tests,” he asked.

Sohail, 42, said the issue should be discussed at the ICC platform involving officials from all Test-playing countries.

“If such a drastic move has to be made then it should be made through mutual consent. There has to be a consensus between all Test-playing countries before the first day-night Test is played. Personally, though, I believe such a match should never take place.”

Sohail is not the only former Pakistan Test cricketer to scoff at plans of having a day-night Test.

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad, too, has rejected the idea and has said that Pakistan will never support plans to “spoil the nature of Test cricket”.

However, Shane Warne, the former Aussie Test leg-spinner, believes such a move will help bring back fans to Test matches.

“I think day-night Tests will definitely help Test cricket. Test cricket is strong in Australia, England, South Africa and India. But we need other countries to support Test cricket and day-night Tests, as I said, will help,” Warne was quoted as saying in an interview Monday.

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