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Ricky Ponting has spoken out
strongly against the looming day-
night Test match to be played in
Adelaide between Australia and
New Zealand, reckoning that the
experimental format and pink ball
will have to stand up to the scrutiny
of the players involved if it is ever
to have the credibility of the exist-
ing five-day game.
On the night he was inducted into
the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in
Melbourne, Ponting said the Cricket
Australia-driven concept was some-
thing he had always opposed.
This was largely due to his belief
that Test match cricket should be
kept as the purest possible contest
between bat and ball, while the
game s two other formats served as
greater vehicles for entertainment
and night-time events.
"I ve actually been against it the
whole time," Ponting said. "I mean
I understand the reasons behind
wanting to innovate and wanting to
be different, but at the same time
I think Test cricket is all about history
and tradition as far as I m concerned.
"But I guess the game has to go
on and move forward. It will be
interesting to see what the players
make of it all and how much they
enjoy the occasion. That s what it
comes down to at the end of the
day, the players have to want to enjoy
it and want to make it something
extra special and let s hope it works
out that way."
Earlier this week, Ponting gave
evidence via video link in the perjury
trial of Chris Cairns. While unwilling
to comment any further on the trial,
he said Australia had been a leader
in educating players about the murky
world of spot-fixing and that he was
eager to ensure the game continued
to be closely monitored for any evi-
dence of impropriety.
"The way the game is it maybe
does open itself up to more of that
kind of thing because there is so
much spot betting and so many
things that you can bet on," Ponting
"Don t worry, everyone is doing
their absolute utmost to keep on top
of that stuff, but as we know at the
end of the day it s the players, it
comes down to the players.
"I know that everything that s
been done within Cricket Australia
has been absolutely first class, we d
be leading the world in so far as that
sort of education is concerned so all
we can do is make sure that we keep
doing the right thing and make sure
we keep our players out of it all."
As for the summer ahead, Ponting
predicted that the captain Steven
Smith would drop down to No 4 in
the batting order, with Usman
Khawaja at No 3 and the young West
Australian batsman Cameron Ban-
croft slotting in alongside David
Warner at the top of the order.
He spoke with some pride at his
induction into the hall of fame, which
also features the likes of fellow Tas-
manian David Boon, Richie Benaud
and Dennis Lillee. "Something like
this once you are retired it gives you
a chance to sit back and think about
all the things you were able to do
and wins you were able to have and
things like that," he said.
"Even just coming here and sitting
at the stands now and thinking about
some of the great things that hap-
pened out there is nice. And I ve
done a little, I wouldn t say research,
but I ve read up on the Sports Aus-
tralia Hall of Fame and the history
behind it and it s a pretty select group
of people or members that I ve been
inducted into." (ESPNcricinfo)
Zimbabwe will play three ODIs
and two T20Is in Bangladesh in the
first two weeks of November, the
BCB announced yesterday. All
matches of the tour will be held at
the Shere Bangla National Stadium
This will be the first international
series to be held in Bangladesh since
Australia postponed their two-Test
tour on October 1 due to security
concerns. South Africa s women s
team had also temporarily delayed
their arrival for a series, but BCB
president Nazmul Hassan confirmed
that they will arrive on November
3 to play three ODIs and four T20s
against the Bangladesh women s
team in Cox s Bazar.
Zimbabwe, who are slated to arrive
on November 2, will play a practice
match in Fatullah on November 5.
The ODIs against Bangladesh will
be held on November 7, 9 and 11
while the two T20Is will be held on
November 13 and 15.
Bangladesh s limited overs cap-
tain Mashrafe Mortaza welcomed
the series, as it cut down their ODI
hiatus from six months to four.
Bangladesh s last ODI assignment
was against South Africa in mid-
July this year.
"We have been playing well in
ODIs this year but a long break
would have hurt our consistency,"
Mashrafe said. "It would have been
tough to hold on to the good form.
So in that sense, this ODI series will
really help us as it cuts down on the
break. We know Zimbabwe well and
we have a good record against them.
I am hoping that we can hold on to
our winning consistency. To be hon-
est, I would have been happy if the
Australia series took place but it
wasn t in our hands. I thank both
boards for organising this series so
BCB had earlier announced that
the two-Test series against Zimbab-
we, which was also in the initial tour
programme, will now take place in
January next year when the whole
series was originally scheduled.
Ponting voices opposition to day-night Tests
BCB confirms Zimbabwe's November visit
Ricky Ponting...as far as the former Australia captain is concerned, Test
cricket is all about history and tradition.
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