Day-Night Test to make Caribbean debut
West Indies are all set to experiment with day and night Test cricket, as the Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the maiden day-night fixture to be played in the Caribbean Islands. The much-awaited Test will be played against Sri Lanka on June 23. Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour the islands in the month of June for a three-match Test series.
Cricket in whites under the lights at Barbados
The first two games of the Sri Lanka tour will be hosted by Trinidad and St Lucia. However, the excitement for the final Test of the series, which begins on June 23, goes a notch up as it will be the maiden day and night Test in the islands. This will be West Indies' third day and night Test match and Sri Lanka's second.
Sri Lanka chase 1st Test series triumph in West Indies
This Test holds a lot of historical value for Sri Lanka, since it is their first ever Test at the iconic venue. This is also their first tour of West Indies since 2008. Sri Lanka have never won a Test series in West Indies, their previous best was the 1-1 draw in 2008. During 2008-tour, SL got their first Test victory in the Caribbean.
Is Test cricket under the floodlights gaining popularity?
The ICC has been constantly experimenting with day and night Test cricket and so far, 8 Test matches have been hosted under the floodlights since November 2015. Australia and New Zealand were the first to play cricket in whites under the lights. West Indies will now become the 6th team to host day and night Test match.