Oz television network Channel Nine 'salivating' at prospect of day-night Test cricket

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 06:30 hrs

Australia television network Channel Nine is relishing the opportunity of staging day-night Tests, and will most likely push for the floodlit fixtures to be part of the next media rights deal with Cricket Australia (CA).

CA is in an exclusive negotiating period with Channel Nine, with the current deal to expire in March.

CA will hold informal talks with Channel Nine in Brisbane next week, and the sports network's head of sport Steve Crawley pointed out that day-night Tests would be on the agenda after the International Cricket Council gave them its green signal.

"I think it's exciting. We always enjoy the Perth Test because it comes back to the eastern states in prime time, and I have always thought it's only a matter of time. I can't see a downside to it from an entertainment point of view," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Crawley, as saying.

"We'll be starting a Test match [against South Africa] Friday week in Brisbane at a time of year when so many people are at work during the day, and night-time cricket would give us a bigger audience," he added.

Crawley understands the concept will face resistance from traditionalists, but added: "I also salivate at the thought of having Test cricket at night."

"It will be discussed soon. We always get together with Cricket Australia at the start of the summer and that will happen in Brisbane next week, and you can bet on that being part of informal discussions," he said. (ANI)

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