Auckland set to host its first ever Day-night Test in 2017-18
New Zealand is all set to host its first day-night Test when England tour to the Country in 2017-18. The famous Eden Park in Auckland has been finalized as the venue to host the historic game. The idea was floated in order to bring more fans to the grounds as day-night might draw much larger numbers than usual day Test.
New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) Chief Operating Officer Anthony Crummy said that the authorities are making considerable efforts to bring in more people to watch cricket. He said hosting a day-night will be another step in the right direction in terms of promoting cricket to all kinds of people.The day-night will serve as way to promote cricket in its most dynamic form and showcasing the game to wide spectrum of followers across the globe. The cricket fraternity has so far seen five day-night days that includes first-ever one between Australia and New Zealand in 2015 at Adelaide.
The most recent one was England taking on West Indies at Edgbaston in the first game of Wisden Trophy. The first three days of the game were sold out which means that the day-night is here to stay for long. Test Cricket has received a lot of flak in terms of less crowds, meaningless bilateral series and decrease in television viewership as administrators see Day-Night Test as a way to keep the oldest format of the game alive and generate more revenues.