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ECB considering floodlit pyjama test at Lord's

March 30, 2009 21:08 IST
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A floodlit Test at Lord's between England and Bangladesh in 2010, complete with so-called "pyjama" clothing, is one of several ideas under discussion to raise the appeal of the longer version of cricket.

"Following the test match strategy day held earlier in the year, this is one of a number of proposals the ECB is investigating in order to ensure it provides fans with the best possible experience when watching cricket," said a spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

England are due to host Bangladesh in two Tests in May 2010, the first of which is at Lord's and could involve floodlit sessions to boost attendances.

While garish, multi-coloured kits and white balls have become an accepted part of one-day and Twenty20 internationals, Tests have stuck rigidly to tradition with players wearing whites and matches taking place in natural light using red balls.

A cross-section of administrators, former players and members of the media met earlier this year to discuss proposals to protect the Test format from the huge rise in popularity of Twenty20.

However, before any decisions are made on floodlit tests and the colour of kits and balls, the proposals would have to be ratified by the International Cricket Commission (ICC).

"We look forward to discussing the proposals with the ICC, MCC and other national governing bodies," added the ECB spokesman.

The MCC acts as the custodian of cricket's laws.

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