Sheffield Shield to be played under twilight

August 17th, 2011 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Aug 17 (IANS) Eight Sheffield Shield matches will be played in twilight time slots as per Cricket Australia’s (CA) new domestic cricket schedule released Wednesday.

In what is seen as a step towards a set up of day-night Tests, the new time slot is to be experimented in matches at the MCG, Bellerive Oval, the SCG and Adelaide Oval.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is keen to revive Test cricket by staging it at night and has requested first-class competitions around the world to stage trials under lights.

The biggest obstacle has been the finding of a right ball which can meet the demands of day-night cricket and can also endure the rigours of four-five-day matches.

The experiment with the pink ball did not give encouraging results which means CA will retain the traditional red ball for this summer’s Sheffield Shield competition.

“In that spirit, we are investigating what can be done in twilight in the coming season,” a CA official said.

The one-day cup, which has returned to its traditional 50-over format as well as being reduced from 10 to eight rounds, will begin Oct 9 with Queensland taking on Victoria at the Gabba.

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