India played their first Day-Night Test in Kolkata. (Source: BCCI)

India will host Australia later this year for a Test series and the board has agreed to play a day-night contest. “Day-night Test will happen and we will make a public announcement — the second Test against England next year. Yes, against Australia also,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly told reporters after the Apex Council meeting in Delhi.

The Indian team played their first-ever Day-night Test against Bangladesh in November last year at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

Earlier, India had declined Australia’s proposal to play a pink-ball Test in Adelaide in 2018-19.

Presently, India are sitting at the helm of the points table of the World Test Championship. They will now play New Zealand in a two-match series away from home.

India and New Zealand locked horns in limited-overs fixtures earlier this year. While India clinched the T20I series 5-0, New Zealand bounced back in the ODIs and won it 3-0.

New Motera stadium to host England in D/N Test

India will also host England in a Day-night Test in newly build Motera stadium next year.

More from BCCI’s apex council meeting


The appointment of the ombudsman and the ethics officer – a function discharged by DK Jain so far was also on the agenda of the BCCI’s apex council meeting. Jain’s contract ends on February 28. However, no call has been taken whether he would continue on the post or there will be new appointment.

Apart from this, a sum of Rs 2 crore has been given to the Indian Cricketers Association for setting up their basic facilities.

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