Former England captain Ian Botham has criticized plans for the country’s first ever day-night Test against the West Indies next year. England announced plans to become the latest country to stage a day-night Test in August of next year, with Birmingham already listed as the venue for the fixture.
The series would make England the third nation to stage a day-night Test on the heels of Australia’s clash against New Zealand in Adelaide last year and Pakistan’s ongoing encounter with the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates. Botham, however, does not believe the format should be played in England as Test cricket is already well supported. “It’s ridiculous. I think it’s appalling,” England great Botham told AFP.
“Test cricket is the flagship. You cannot play day/night Test cricket in England because the difference between bowling in the day time, and bowling in the evening, it’s unfair,” he added. “I am amazed we are going ahead with it,” said Botham. “We do well (with crowds) in Tests in England. The first three days are certainly usually sold out. They are going to do it, so we will all sit back and watch.”