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Cricket Australia likely to offer million-dollar deal to PCB

There were reports that, Pakistan and Australia are on the verge of creating history as the two cricket boards are in negotiations for first-ever day-night Test series later this year but Pakistan have refused to play a day-night Test series during the tour of Australia later this year as Pakistan are not in the favour of this format.

Pakistan are scheduled to tour Australia for two Tests in November and December this year and both authorities — the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) — are under consideration to play their two matches in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Recently, India had refused to play under lights in Adelaide when they toured Australia for four Tests, but CA chief executive Kevin Roberts has made it clear he believes that venue should always host a day-night Test, adding to the festive feel.

The upcoming Pakistan-Australia series is the part of International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship. According to the details, the tournament will begin soon after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, with the Ashes in England set to kick start the event.

Pakistan will play two Tests and three Twenty-20 International scheduled to begin in December. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected the recommendation of Australia to play day-night Test series. PCB told the reason that the points of the World Test Championship are vital for each team.

“We are not in favor of day-night format as this format is out of our comfort zone,” the board said. “Every team should be provided with equal and equitable conditions,” PCB maintained. The schedule of Test Championship has not been finalised yet due to the refusal of Pakistan.

Now, According to a media report in Australia, Pakistan players can be offered a million-dollar package by Cricket Australia (CA) to play day-night Test match in Adelaide this year.

Cricket Australia (CA) is adamant to host day-night Test match in Adelaide, however, the touring side is reluctant to play the home side under lights.

According to a report in Australia media, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had initially agreed to play the day-night Test during their tour down under later this year. Photo: Getty Images

Last year, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also rejected Cricket Australia proposal to play the Test match with pink ball under lights in Australia but after BCCI’s rejection, CA was hoping to convince Pakistan to play the day-night Test this year.

According to a report in Australia media, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had initially agreed to play the day-night Test during their tour down under later this year.

However, PCB changed their stance after CA refused to tour Pakistan for the recently concluded Pakistan and Australia five-match One-day International (ODI) series. CA rejected PCB proposal to play two ODI’s in Pakistan without any review of the security arrangements.

In the past, Cricket Australia had offered a million-package to the touring side players in order to host the first-ever Test match under lights. Hence, the chances are high that CA can again offer a similar deal to Pakistan players, in an effort to convince them.

On the other hand, Australia has already convinced their other guest for the summer, New Zealand to play a day-night Test match in Perth.

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