The Ashes could be played at night during 2017-18. The idea has been mentioned before as a suggestion to increase the following of the sport. At the moment there are those that feel the sport is lacking in popularity and in support due to the daytime hours that the game is restricted to.
The Tournament could have better ratings if it took place later in the day enabling those that are at work to come home and watch matches live. The suggestion is however, somewhat controversial at the moment and nothing has been confirmed.
Cricket Australia wants the idea to come to fruition. Day and night tests are favoured by officials down under. They believe that the introduction of day to night Cricket is a natural progression in the sport. The thinking behind the idea in Australia comes on the back of a day to night test in New Zealand at the end of last year.
Backing up their thoughts on the idea, Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, reinforced that the sports audiences would grow if the game was played into the evening. Fans would be able to watch the game unfold live on television rather than having to catch up when they get home, they would also be more likely to visit stadiums to support the sport in the evenings.
There are also those that oppose the idea and don’t believe that the change in times is necessary. Australian captain Steven Smith and England’s captain Alistair Cook both openly feel that the change is not needed.
Both players feel that the Ashes itself is big enough to draw in the crowds anyway. It is not a competition that needs to be played at certain times of the day or night.
In retaliation Australia Cricket CEO said that although he could respect the player’s views he didn’t agree.
Before the next Ashes series is due to take place, Australia are scheduled to play a floodlit Test against South Africa on home ground at the Adelaide Oval. They will also play in an evening fixture against Pakistan this December.
Author Lisa Wood
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