Fortress Gabba snubbed as Cricket Australia assign venues for India test series


India has not played a Test under lights though there is speculation that it might play a D/N Test against West Indies later in the year.

The statement comes after CA released its entire 2018-19 global fixture, comprising of 22 matches across the formats, without confirming whether it would continue its recent tradition of hosting a pink-ball match at Adelaide Oval.

The series will feature three T20 internationals and three one-dayers in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with a match between New Zealand and a Governor-General's XI on February 28. "So a question of playing a day-night Test match in Adelaide just doesn't arise", the COA member said.

Cricket Australia (CA) is still hoping it can persuade India the opening match of their four-Test series in Adelaide should be a day-nighter.

The two sides will then play their second Test in the newly-built Perth Stadium (December 14-18) before the series will head to Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year's games.

The Tests against India will be followed by three ODIs from January 12 to 18.

Women's global cricket will bookend the summer, with Australia playing three T20Is against New Zealand in September-October - which leads into the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November - and then a three-match ODI series against the same opponents in February-March.

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Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland speaks to media.

"We have some of the best players in the world and I think the fans will appreciate the opportunity to see them on one of the biggest TV days of the year being AFL Grand Final night".

In a report in The Indian Express, a member of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) ruled out the possibility of a day-night Test between India and Australia, citing reluctance from the Indian team management and players.

The Gabba test, which falls during Australia Day celebrations, is a reminder that the venue is no longer in the same league as those in rival states.

"This broadcast package is set to break Irish sporting records, as we anticipate that the T20I series against India alone will be the biggest worldwide TV audience of any event - sporting or otherwise - ever staged in Ireland", he said.

Canberra's Manuka Oval will host its maiden Test when Australia rounds out its home summer of cricket in game two against Sri Lanka from February 1.

- Metricon Stadium on Gold Coast to host worldwide cricket.